President Barack Obama gestures during a campaign event at George Mason University, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Fairfax, Va. (AP)
- Nov 27:
- DA wants recount of November election
- Nov 26:
- Más difícil que nuevo Congreso logre pactos en Estados Unidos
- Nov 16:
- Médico demócrata gana a republicano en California
- Justice official: Register voters automatically
- Nov 14:
- Despite what they say, voters favor local taxes
- Nov 12:
- Elecciones reflejan cambio del rostro de EEUU
- Nov 10:
- Face of US changing; elections to look different
- Celebridades latinas festejan el triunfo de Obama
- Nov 9:
- With burgeoning political clout, Latinos press agenda
- Nov 7:
- Pot votes in 2 states challenge U.S. drug war
- Tras reelección, Obama enfrenta tareas urgentes
- EEUU vota sobre bodas gay, marihuana e inmigración
- Hickenlooper reaching out to feds on Colorado marijuana legalization
- Colorado attorney general Suthers says he will respect marijuana measure
- Latinos nacidos en Commerce City llegan a la legislatura estatal
- Sondeo: Obama mantiene voto hispano
- Obama gana la reelección
- Colorado voters support Obama, recreational pot
- Nov 6:
- Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy
- Obama takes commanding lead
- Colorado measure legalizing marijuana passes
- Tea party darling Cruz wins Texas' US Senate race
- Senado tiene tres latinos por primera vez
- Polis wins third term in the traditionally Democratic 2nd district
- A qué prestarle atención en el Día de las Elecciones en Colorado
- Hispanos salen a votar con la esperanza de hacerse escuchar
- Election Day voting begins in swing state Colorado
- Evalúan desempeño de jueces sujetos a retención por votación
- Thousands of Colorado mail ballots rejected for signature issues
- What to watch for on Election Day in Colorado
- Nov 5:
- Obama leads; Romney with chance in electoral race
- Nov 1:
- Joe Miklosi: Vows to hold fast to his desire to 'serve the people'
- Mike Coffman: Aurora roots 'play to my strengths'
- Obama and Romney: Where they stand on the issues
- Oct 31:
- Hispanos desencantados con los republicanos
- Volunteers a personal touch to campaigns
- Oct 25:
- Eliseo Medina: Latinos we need to turn out to vote
- Oct 24:
- Obama immigration stance locks in Hispanic support
- Oct 19:
- Obama y Romney pasan a las risas en la cena
- Oct 17:
- Healthcare law still a divisive matter
- Oct 15:
- Craig Romney: Debemos ganar respeto de hispanos
- Oct 11:
- Why it matters: Immigration
- Inmigración: Punto importante en campaña presidencial
- Oct 10:
- Ninguno de los candidatos deslumbró a los latinos
- Ninguno de los candidatos deslumbró a los latinos
- Obama looks to regroup Romney appears confident
- Oct 5:
- Jobs report gives Obama much-needed boost
- Romney se mueve hacia el centro
- Oct 4:
- Social media renders rapid judgment on debate
- Study shows Colorado Latinos are concerned about education
- Oct 3:
- Mitt Romney comes on strong against President Obama in University of Denver Debate
- Sep 28:
- Obama habla de empleo y Romney de seguridad
- Colorado GOP fires voter registration firm after fraud allegations
- Sep 25:
- El campus de la Universidad de Denver se prepara para el primer debate presidencial
- Sep 24:
- Republicans look for voter fraud, find little
- Republicanos buscan fraude electoral; hallan poco
- Romney intenta pasar página después de dura semana
- Romney refocuses on the economy at Jefferson County rally
- Sep 21:
- Obama: Medicare y Seguro Social no son "dádivas"
- Ramos decidido a "desenmascarar" a candidatos
- Romney plans Pueblo rally Monday after Jefferson County on Sunday
- Sep 20:
- Romney dice que no ordenará redadas de inmigrantes
- Foro hispano centra campaña electoral en EEUU
- Obama: Mayor fracaso, falta de reforma migratoria
- Sep 17:
- Romney y Obama intensifican contienda electoral
- Mitt Romney secret video: Nearly half 'believe they are victims'
- Sep 16:
- Pueblo airport plane crash cancels Romney rally, Obama event
- Sep 14:
- Obama tied with Romney in Colorado in Denver Post poll
- Biden: Hispanos serán principal fuerza política
- Sep 12:
- In Golden, Obama vows "no act of terror will go unpunished"
- Obama addresses terror attack to fight for middle class in Jefferson County
- Sep 11:
- NCLR registra a miles de votantes hispanos en Colorado
- Aug 30:
- Obama-Biden 35 puntos sobre Romney-Ryan
- Aug 29:
- President Obama to hold campaign event in Boulder
- CU analysis: Romney wins presidency because of economy
- 88% of challenged Colorado voters are U.S. citizens, check shows
- Hispanos, una gran fuerza sin voz en el gobierno
- Hispanic voters projected to make up 8% of Colorado electorate
The Denver Post is projecting that President Barack Obama won in Colorado, marking the end of one of the nation's most intense swing-state battles.
Obama had 50 percent of the vote to Mitt Romney's 48 percent with 1.6 million votes counted.
Obama led in two of the state's most critical swing counties. In Jefferson County, Obama led Mitt Romney 51 to 47 percent, with most of the votes counted. And in Arapahoe County, with about 75 percent of the votes counted, Obama led 52 to 46 percent.
Obama matched his 2008 success in Denver County, where he won three-to-one four years ago. The president also fared better than in 2008 in some small, rural Colorado counties.
Photos: 2012 Election Day in Colorado
And in Pueblo County, where Obama won with 56 percent of the vote in 2008, he was leading Romney with 58 percent, according to early returns.
Democrats met expectations in some Republican strongholds of the state. With nearly all of the votes counted in El Paso County, Romney was ahead 59 to 37 percent — nearly the same margin as in 2008 in the GOP-dominated county.
A survey of 1,029 Colorado voters who cast ballots between Oct. 29 and Nov. 4 showed Romney had an 11-point lead over Obama with white voters and a seven-point lead with those making at least $100,000 per year.
Obama led among Latinos and those making under $50,000. Although many polls nationally predicted a significant gender gap, Colorado exit polls showed women and men split equally. As expected, those surveyed said the economy was the most important issue facing the country, followed by the federal budget deficit and health care, according to the poll by Edison Research for The Denver Post.
Just days from the election, a Denver Post poll showed Romney trailing Obama by two percentage points — within the poll's margin-of-error.
Obama's Colorado team was banking on freshly registered voters in this state.
Democrats have a major advantage among the voters registered from July to October. Just 15 percent are white men older than 35, who lean Republican. The rest of new voters were women, under 35, African-American or Latino.
Obama's Colorado campaign worked hard on messaging to suburban Republican and independent women, hitting hard on health care reform legislation that includes free coverage for mammograms and contraception. They also heavily touted Romney's position on abortion.
Colorado State University political scientist Kyle Saunders said Romney did too little to reach out to women and Hispanic voters. Though the campaign held rallies seeking to court those constituencies, it never crafted policies that appealed to them. And Saunders pointed to Romney's comments during the second presidential debate — when he said he relied on "binders full of women" to find qualified women to work in his administration as governor of Massachusetts — as an example that the campaign was "a little bit tone deaf on women's issues."
As a consequence, polls heading into Election Day showed Romney losing among women and Latinos.
Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, heard about the long lines in Arapahoe County and went to two polling places about 4:30 p.m., chatting with people and urging them to hang in there, spokesman Eric Brown said.
Hickenlooper also talked to Arapahoe County Clerk Nancy Doty, a Republican, and asked her to move election judges around to ease the waits for people. "He asked her to pull out all the stops," Brown said.
Hickenlooper was expected at the Democratic headquarters at 9:45 p.m.