This morning Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff gave a hard-driving press conference, making the case that grassroots voters had spoken when they handed him a victory in the caucus voting Tuesday night. Huddling with hipster-staffers as the vote tallies were coming in, though, Romanoff was looking at the numbers. He bested Bennet 60 percent to 35 percent in Denver, as expected, but he lost in major frontrange Boulder and Larimer counties.
Bennet Campaign manager Craig Hughes told the Denver Post that the voting signaled a victory for his candidate as well. Hughes said he expected Romanoff’s lead to be considerably larger because he viewed the caucus as a gauge of support among Democratic Party activists, many of whom had worked with or voted for Romanoff in the past.
Bennet said that “as someone who isn’t a political insider, tonight’s support is especially meaningful.”
That sentiment was a whisper amid the cheers echoing in Romanoff country last night. While his campaign staff and supporters celebrated, Romanoff was clearly not entirely buoyed by the vote totals. He answered questions from reporters and then returned to quietly studying the tally sheets. In a state where the mountains are more red than blue, Romanoff needs strong support in deep-navy Boulder and populous-purple Larimer.