The politics of Colorado, United States, are that of a blue state. In recent years, the state has seen a shift towards Democratic voting patterns due to demographic changes and an increase in unaffiliated voters who lean towards Democrats. However, Colorado Springs remains a stronghold for Republicans due to its “republicanism of the old Rocky Mountain West” attitude. Josh Dunn, an expert on Colorado Springs' politics, believes that it will take several decades for El Paso County and Colorado Springs to become Democratic-leaning due to its conservative base.
The book by Josh Dunn, professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) and chair of the Department of Political Science, explores the constants of Colorado Springs' political history. He recognized that El Paso County and Colorado Springs are “the barrier that prevents the state of Colorado from becoming a Democratic state”. Educated women are much less likely to vote for conservatives, and in Colorado Springs women represent 48.33% of the population. Doug Lamborn is currently representing Colorado Springs in Congress as a Republican. The city has more than 50 structures that have been deemed historically or architecturally remarkable which adds to its vibrant culture.
Additionally resources and programs that support LGBTQ+ communities are also part of this culture. Finally, Colorado is part of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado in the federal judiciary. The Colorado Senate is the upper house of the Colorado General Assembly, consisting of 35 seats of approximately 143,000 people each. The Colorado House of Representatives is the lower house of the Colorado General Assembly, consisting of 65 seats of approximately 77,000 people each. The mayor is responsible for appointing the municipal auditor and city manager, approving the city's budget, setting tax rates, acting as the Colorado Springs Utilities board of directors, establishing policies, and passing ordinances and resolutions to govern the city. Dark red areas have relatively more Republican voters while dark blue areas vote primarily for Democrats compared to other cities in Colorado.
Despite this trend towards Democratic voting patterns in other parts of Colorado, Colorado Springs remains a stronghold for Republicans due to its “republicanism of the old Rocky Mountain West” attitude. In conclusion, it is clear that Colorado Springs is still a Republican-leaning city despite recent shifts in voting patterns across the state. The city's conservative base and its vibrant culture make it an interesting place to explore politically.