How the White House helped Bennet in Colo.

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is not so sure he wants to be seen with President Obama this fall, but he got some help from the White House in turning out the vote. Over at The Atlantic, they have the White House’s list of ways they helped, among which was:

– The White House helped secure George Lopez for GOTV robocalls to Latino voters

Still, Bennet  received fewer votes than the losing GOP candidate, former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton. Here’s the tally for the respective party primaries:

Bennet         Romanoff        Total Dem Buck             Norton      Total GOP

183,521        155,016            338,537 209,967    197,143         407,110

This doesn’t necessarily mean anything especially good is happening for the GOP. In 2004, the last time there was a competitive Senate primary in Colorado, Democrat Ken Salazar did not face a serious challenge on his way to the Senate, and 236,000 Democrats turned out for his coronation primary. Republicans had a contested primary that year and got about 333,000 votes overall. That November, Salazar narrowly won the general election in what was a GOP year elsewhere.

The presidential nomination in 2008 was decided by caucus in Colorado. It might say something about the change in partisan voters’ enthusiasm that on Feb. 5, 2008, Republicans had 70,229 caucus-goers (Mitt Romney won) and Democrats had 120,411 (Obama won big).

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