Approximately half the expected mail-in vote arrived at county clerk offices on Tuesday, a week before Election Day, Nov. 6.
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“Political analyst Floyd Ciruli said three factors have helped Miklosi: the new district lines, monetary support from Democrats in Washington eager to win the U.S. House and being a down-ticket candidate to a president who has a strong grassroots operation. ‘Include these factors, and you have a strong candidate,’ Ciruli said.”See Denver Post: Joe Miklosi: Vows to hold fast to his desire to ‘serve the people’
“‘There is a relatively small number of individuals who are really undecided, and there’s more of these people who are weakly decided,’ said Floyd Ciruli, a Denver pollster. ‘I think they tend to be more independent. They tend to be more moderate. They’re definitely not attached to a candidate. They are able to move.’”The poll also saw a shift in college-educated voters to Romney after the debate:
“These are voters who are ‘looking for the final clue,’ Ciruli said, calling debates ‘literate and high-profile events.’
‘If you’re a less partisan person, not a deep Democrat or a Republican, you are disappointed in this president,’ he said.”
“‘It’s hard to tell if it is a game changer at the level of ... undecided voters. It’s clearly a game changer for the bases of both parties,’ said Floyd Ciruli, a Denver pollster.”
“‘They stood up and cheered when I said, “Well, was last night a good night for you?” They are revived,’ Ciruli said. Previously, ‘they were very dispirited in what they saw as a sort of lackluster and gaffe-prone September, and now they feel tremendous vigor.’” (Oct. 5, 2012)
“‘I also have received and seen a number of emails, traffic between Democrats saying, “Gosh, we can’t be taking this for granted, there’s a few more days left for voter registration,”’ Ciruli said. ‘In other words, a bit of overconfidence has been diminished in the Democratic campaign.’”
“This is exactly what Romney needed to stop everybody from declaring this race, and they were on the verge of it,” noted Floyd Ciruli, an independent Colorado pollster. (National Journal, 10-4-12)Secondly, Brownstein said the debate shifted the discussion from Mitt Romney’s problems (which are serious and may make the debate more a bump in the road than a game changer) to President Obama’s vulnerability:
“The state is desperate for something to be accomplished. They are extremely worried about the economy. Sixty percent are concerned about the direction of the country.”The debate was mostly an aggressive exchange on the economy, but in terms of getting something done, both candidates made only brief statements about their experiences and successes reaching across the isle.
“There is no doubt that people will leave this debate with a very, very enriched sense of who these two men are, both in terms of their ability to handle questions, handle each other and handle the substance of the material,” Ciruli said. (9News, 10-2-12)Although the debate format was controversial, it accomplished its purpose. Expect large audiences for the next three debates.