Super Tuesday: Why Pueblo’s vote matters

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PUEBLO, Colo. — Historically seen as a ‘swing’ state, Colorado will play an important role in the 2020 election. But, what many people don’t know, is the critical role Pueblo voters can play in determining how the state will lean on election day.

Pueblo, with its large percentage of unaffiliated voters, is considered a ‘swing’ county.

“Pueblo in this election, like all recent elections, is a key bellwether county for the state and country,” Governor Jared Polis told FOX21 News, in a written statement.

Voters there elected President Donald Trump, in 2016, by just half a percent. But, in the presidential elections in 2012 and 2008, they showed up, in force, for President Barack Obama.

Republican Senator Cory Gardner beat out Democrat Mark Udall in 2014. Gardner lost Pueblo, in that race, by less than one percentage point.

“Pueblo voters, like many voters across our state, want to see candidates who are committed to ensuring the economy works for everyone and that can deliver on lowering health care costs,” Governor Polis said.

“If you’re my age and you feel like your vote doesn’t matter, or that nothing will change, you’re right if you do nothing,” said Maurice Burkhead, a first-time voter.

“The last time some voters in Pueblo didn’t vote. They weren’t happy with the candidates and I think they saw what happened when that happens. That’s why I think this time there will be a concerted effort, to get everybody together once a candidate is determined. Make sure we get all those democratic voters to turn out I think that’s what happened last time,” said Pueblo’s Mayor Nick Gradisar.

The Democratic Watch Party in Pueblo begins Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Democratic headquarters at 9th and Elizabeth.

This article will be updated.

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