Udall's "war on women" platform is a joke.
Colorado pollster Floyd Ciruli, who’s done work for both parties, said that “for a while, the national environment turned very negative against the Democrats” — and agreed that Udall’s “war on women” attacks may be growing stale.
“I do think there is a case to be made that it has run out of impact, that it’s gotten to its marginal utility,” said Ciruli. “And now, there may be a feedback loop making fun of it.”
He added it seemed as though Udall has been running a single-issue campaign for some time, and while “it is a litmus test for some people, it is not a major issue for everyone.”
Udall spokesman Chris Harris said, while the campaign has indeed run about half of its ads on birth control and personhood, “it’s not too much.”
“Not only do most voters agree with Mark on this issue, they are flabbergasted that it’s an issue at all,” he said.
No, Mr. Harris.
Colorado voters are worried about real issues, like unemployment, Obamacare, our weak foregin policy, our rudderless President, and the lockstep Democrats (like Udall) that support everything he does, no questions asked.
Colorado voters aren't buying what you are selling. Udall doesn't have anything in his voting history that shows he supports the needs of everyday Coloradoans, so he has to fall back on a issue that isn't really an issue. And it's not working.
Gardner has been running a positive campaign, and the voters like it:
Gardner’s main line of attack against Udall has been to argue he’s a rubber stamp for the president and a quintessential Washington politician.
How damaging the affiliation with the president could be became strikingly clear in July, when Udall was out of the state when Obama was in town headlining a fundraiser for him.
It’s not only the president's unpopularity that’s been challenging for Udall. His decision to postpone taking executive action on deportations until after the election has turned immigration reform from one that could’ve been a rallying issue for Hispanics to one both candidates are now largely avoiding.
“It’s taken the immigration debate off the table,” said Colorado GOP strategist Dick Wadhams.
Wadhams, a former state party chairman, noted that the race remains close, even though Udall had a head start on TV attack ads and has gone aggressively negative on Gardner for months.
“They’re in a position to win after being pounded unmercifully for six months,” he said of the GOP.
“Cory Gardner is running an energetic campaign that is full of enthusiasm, positive advertising and, as a result, voters are responding,” said NRSC spokeswoman Brook Hougesen. “Democrats have every reason to be panicked about Colorado, in large part because it’s their failed strategy that’s backfired and the responsibility for it goes straight to the top.”