Democrats make a last push for Colorado

There were a few hours left to make a difference, and Hanna Weston was nervous.

A retired lawyer and Democratic campaign volunteer, she had been phone banking for two months, but she had a bad feeling about the unusual silence around the election in her apartment building.

“I see people not wanting to talk about it,” she said. “It’s so divisive. I think Trump is responsible. People like him, but they’re humiliated. They don’t want to tell you.”

Weston was one of a small group of volunteers gathered Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a strip mall on Santa Fe Drive as Gov. John Hickenlooper, Sen. Michael Bennet, state House Speaker Crisanta Duran and Sen. Lucia Guzman spoke about the importance of getting out the vote in Colorado on Election Day, which Republicans started with a lead in early voting.

Weston said she was “appalled” that Republicans are turning out in higher numbers, even though many political analysts caution that early party numbers ultimately tell little about the final results.

Her friend Maria Amaro, whom she met during the 2008 campaign, also had been knocking on doors and reaching out to Spanish-dominant voters.

“People are a lot more involved this year,” she said. “They are afraid.”

A lot of her work was telling people how to vote and explaining their rights.

As the Democrats mingled, one man who seemed potentially intoxicated yelled from across the street that Clinton is a criminal and belongs in jail, not the White House.

“Keep it to yourself!” another man waiting at a bus stop said.

“Freedom of speech!” the first man responded.

In front of a liquor store in the strip mall, another potentially intoxicated man offered more supportive words. “We need a woman. Without women, this country would be screwed.”

And then the volunteers headed out to knock more doors.

 

Erica Meltzer

Author: Erica Meltzer

Erica Meltzer covers government and politics. She's worked for newspapers in Colorado, Arizona and Illinois and once won a First Amendment Award by showing up in the wrong place at the wrong time. She served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay and can swear fluently in Guarani. She gets emotional about public libraries. Contact Erica Meltzer at 303-502-2802, emeltzer@denverite.com or @meltzere.