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  1. Jane Meagher makes last-minute campaign calls at the Republican headquarters and Romney field office in Longmont, Colo., at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - 90 minutes before the polls closed in Colorado.
A Coloradan and Mitt Romney supporter, Jane Meagher volunteered for the Romney campaign until the last minutes of the 2012 election amidst uncertainty over the state’s outcome.
"I’m really not sure how Colorado will go," Meagher said at the Longmont Republicans headquarters Tuesday around 6:00 p.m., four hours before AP would project that Colorado’s majority supported Barack Obama.
"All you can do is just hope that it’s going to go our way."
Meagher attested to being one of the millions that crossed their 2008 party decision and voted for Romney.
"I have to tell you, I voted for Obama last time. I lived in Chicago, there was such a groundswell for Obama in Chicago. I believed in the hope and change."
The Longmont resident had never volunteered for a campaign before September, when she began talking to people about Romney and switching allegiance.
"I think that helped me, knocking on doors, to be able to say, ‘I voted for Obama last time.’ I don’t want to say that too loudly in here," she said in the snug headquarters. "I think people maybe trusted me that it’s not all in one camp always. I could say ‘I understand your indecision, because I was once an Obama fan.’"

    Jane Meagher makes last-minute campaign calls at the Republican headquarters and Romney field office in Longmont, Colo., at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday - 90 minutes before the polls closed in Colorado.

    A Coloradan and Mitt Romney supporter, Jane Meagher volunteered for the Romney campaign until the last minutes of the 2012 election amidst uncertainty over the state’s outcome.

    "I’m really not sure how Colorado will go," Meagher said at the Longmont Republicans headquarters Tuesday around 6:00 p.m., four hours before AP would project that Colorado’s majority supported Barack Obama.

    "All you can do is just hope that it’s going to go our way."

    Meagher attested to being one of the millions that crossed their 2008 party decision and voted for Romney.

    "I have to tell you, I voted for Obama last time. I lived in Chicago, there was such a groundswell for Obama in Chicago. I believed in the hope and change."

    The Longmont resident had never volunteered for a campaign before September, when she began talking to people about Romney and switching allegiance.

    "I think that helped me, knocking on doors, to be able to say, ‘I voted for Obama last time.’ I don’t want to say that too loudly in here," she said in the snug headquarters. "I think people maybe trusted me that it’s not all in one camp always. I could say ‘I understand your indecision, because I was once an Obama fan.’"

  2. The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.”

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    Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) after Amendment 64, which allows recreational use of marijuana in the state of Colorado, passed on Tuesday.

    The law states that adults 21 and older will be able to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for private use and grow up to six marijuana plants.

    The law also calls for regulation of the new industry, which John Ingold at The Denver Post reports is less straightforward than the legalization. Matt Cook, the man who wrote Colorado’s medical marijuana business regulations and former Revenue Department enforcement director, says that regulation will be possible fairly quickly.

    "The concept of regulating an industry is fairly easy if you’re given the resources needed to do it," Cook says in Ingold’s article.

    Like Gov. Hickenlooper, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, a Republican, has also promised to help implement the legislation. Both warn against a federal intervention.

    A similar law, Initiative 502, passed in Washington on Tuesday. 502 decriminalizes marijuana possession, essentially legalizing it. In Oregon, a weed-legalizing ballot initiative, Measure 80, failed.

  3. A Boulder resident leaves New Vista High School after being one of the first to cast her ballot on Election Day in Colorado.
Although Democrats made a slight comeback over the weekend, Republicans led in Colorado early voting, when 1.7 million Coloradans cast their ballots.
As voters take to the polls on Election Day, the presidential race remains up in the air: Early votes put the two parties within 2 points of each other, a reflection of the razor-thin polling margins in Colorado.

    A Boulder resident leaves New Vista High School after being one of the first to cast her ballot on Election Day in Colorado.

    Although Democrats made a slight comeback over the weekend, Republicans led in Colorado early voting, when 1.7 million Coloradans cast their ballots.

    As voters take to the polls on Election Day, the presidential race remains up in the air: Early votes put the two parties within 2 points of each other, a reflection of the razor-thin polling margins in Colorado.

  4. Cindi Scott (right), an election support judge in Boulder, Colo., reels out tape to measure the distance from the door of Grace Lutheran Church to where Shana Parker (left) is passing out voter guides and advocating for Obama.
In Colorado, it is illegal for electioneering, such as Parker’s, to happen within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling station. Parker was forced to move across the street after it was found that she was about 4 ft. too close. She was not upset.
"I’m glad that they’re upholding the law," Parker said. "That’s what we need to be doing all over the country."

    Cindi Scott (right), an election support judge in Boulder, Colo., reels out tape to measure the distance from the door of Grace Lutheran Church to where Shana Parker (left) is passing out voter guides and advocating for Obama.

    In Colorado, it is illegal for electioneering, such as Parker’s, to happen within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling station. Parker was forced to move across the street after it was found that she was about 4 ft. too close. She was not upset.

    "I’m glad that they’re upholding the law," Parker said. "That’s what we need to be doing all over the country."

  5. Hannah Herried, a longtime Boulder, Colorado resident and senior at CU Boulder, says that there has been substantially less tumult this election than she witnessed in Boulder, a liberal hub, in 2008.
"Last election I drove around campus on a party bus with the Beastie Boys [on Election Day], there is nowhere near that amount of excitement this time."
Herreid says that she worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign, and recalls watching votes come in at Boulder Outlook Hotel.
"It was like an explosion when the votes came in, everyone was screaming and crying and hugging and, it’s so exciting just remembering it. And the next day it was the same thing," she says.
Herreid attests that young voters on the Boulder campus primarily voted early this year, like she did. Although Republicans led in early voting numbers in the state, she continues to believe that Obama will win the 2012 election.
"The thing is that I want Obama to win," Herreid said Tuesday. "I think the majority of the country realizes that he is on the right track and changing leadership now is not going to help anyone."

    Hannah Herried, a longtime Boulder, Colorado resident and senior at CU Boulder, says that there has been substantially less tumult this election than she witnessed in Boulder, a liberal hub, in 2008.

    "Last election I drove around campus on a party bus with the Beastie Boys [on Election Day], there is nowhere near that amount of excitement this time."

    Herreid says that she worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign, and recalls watching votes come in at Boulder Outlook Hotel.

    "It was like an explosion when the votes came in, everyone was screaming and crying and hugging and, it’s so exciting just remembering it. And the next day it was the same thing," she says.

    Herreid attests that young voters on the Boulder campus primarily voted early this year, like she did. Although Republicans led in early voting numbers in the state, she continues to believe that Obama will win the 2012 election.

    "The thing is that I want Obama to win," Herreid said Tuesday. "I think the majority of the country realizes that he is on the right track and changing leadership now is not going to help anyone."

  6. Tim Hoover at The Denver Post reports that multiple investigations are underway to investigate swing state Colorado’s chief elections administrator, Republican Scott Gessler.

    Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey’s office confirmed Monday it had launched a criminal investigation of Secretary of State Scott Gessler on the same afternoon the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission voted to begin an investigation into whether Gessler violated the law by using state funds to attend a partisan event.

    Although the allegations against Gessler illustrate mounting pressure on the secretary of state from Democratic groups and leaders, the investigations are unlikely to interfere with the presidential election in Colorado.

  7. Two of the 17,000 in attendance cheer as Mitt Romney makes his final appearance in Colorado. Romney spoke primarily on the downfalls of the Obama presidency and his own approach to “real change” at Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colo., Saturday evening.

    Two of the 17,000 in attendance cheer as Mitt Romney makes his final appearance in Colorado. Romney spoke primarily on the downfalls of the Obama presidency and his own approach to “real change” at Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colo., Saturday evening.

  8. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have made their final 2012 campaign appearances in swing state Colorado.

    Romney drew 17,000 to Fiddler’s Green in Englewood, Colo., Saturday evening and Obama hosted 20,000 at Community College of Aurora late Sunday evening.

    In the last weekend of the campaigns, Romney told Coloradans that he can offer “real change,” which Obama continued to dispute.

    "The question of this election comes down to this – do you want more of the same or do you want real change?" Romney said Saturday night. "President Obama promised change but he could not deliver change. Now I promise change and I have a record of achieving real change."

    Obama retorted Sunday night that Romney’s policies are not new. “You’ve got to give him credit, Gov. Romney is a pretty talented salesman, and in this campaign, he’s tried as hard as he can to repackage the same old bad ideas that didn’t work and offer them up as new ideas, he says they’re change,” Obama said.

    "You know what real change looks like. I’ve got the stars to prove it, I’ve got the grey hair to show it," he said. An audience member yelled, "And it looks good, baby!"

    "I appreciate that," Obama said.

    The candidates remain locked in Colorado polls, though Republicans lead in early voting. Paul Ryan will campaign in Johnstown, Colo., near livestock and agriculture-rich Greeley on Monday. It is expected to be the last candidate visit before the Nov. 6 election.

  9. Obama’s $1.34 million lead in Colorado fundraising is not necessarily translating into a lead in votes.

    Republicans lead in Colorado early voting by a margin of 38 percent to 35 percent. According to The Atlantic, 80 percent of Colorado’s electorate voted early in 2008. Molly Ball writes:

    Democrats say they are leading among “non-midterm voters” who are voting early. But there’s no getting around it: Republicans — who lost the early vote in Colorado by 4 points in 2008 — are winning it this time, and the early vote is a huge majority of the total vote in this state Obama won by 9 points in 2008.

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