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Political Scientists Offer 2014 Colorado Predictions

Two Colorado College political science professors, Tom Cronin and retired professor Bob Loevy, co-authored an op-ed that appeared in the Jan. 5 issue of The Denver Post. In an article titled “Ringing in the New Year in Colorado Politics,” the two offer a series of predictions for Colorado politics, including:

  • 2014 should be a good year for Republicans in Colorado and in the nation
  • Hickenlooper will buck any building Republican national wave
  • Democratic Sen. Mark Udall appears headed for reelection
  • Should there be a national Republican wave this year, it will benefit "down ticket" Republicans running for attorney general and secretary of state
  • There will be a number of regulatory and enforcement hiccups as Colorado serves as the nation's experimental test lab for legalized marijuana

The two political science professors frequently collaborate; theyare the co-authors of “Colorado Politics and Policy: Governing a Purple State,” in which they write that Colorado is a “many-splendored and many-splintered state.”