The Colorado Republican Party, which was competitive at state-level politics and dominated local politics throughout the 1990s, was basically bought out of the game in 2004. Democrats, with four multi-millionaire and some new funding rules and techniques, outspent and out-campaigned Republicans to take over Colorado. And, it continued through 2010. Democrats had $4 million to Republicans’ $30,000 in 2010, helping stop the Republican national tide in Colorado.
Karen Crummy of the Denver Post analyzes the Democratic takeover of Colorado politics beginning in 2004 as mostly a reflection of an influx of big donors, new organizations for collecting interest group donations and distribution to targeted races while conducting well-run campaigns.