Clinton beats Trump — in Colorado

William Jennings Bryan in Denver, where he accepted the Democratic nomination for president in 1908. (Courtesy of the Denver Public Library Western History Collection)
William Jennings Bryan in Denver, where he accepted the Democratic nomination for president in 1908. (Courtesy of the Denver Public Library Western History Collection)

Colorado’s political historian, Dick Wadhams, did some digging when a former state representative asked: “When was the last time a Democratic candidate for president carried Colorado while a Republican was winning the presidency?”

The question from former Rep. Rob Witwer came after Democrat Hillary Clinton won Colorado on Nov. 8,  but Republican Donald Trump took the presidency.

Wadhams told former state Rep. Rob Witwer that “unless my research is wrong” the last time was in 1908 when  Democrat William Jennings Bryan carried Colorado but Republican William Howard Taft won the presidency.  Bryan won the Democratic nomination for president in 1908 in Denver.

Wadhams also noted that Republicans have carried Colorado during Democratic presidential victories:  1940, Roosevelt-Willkie; 1944, Roosevelt-Dewey; 1960, Kennedy-Nixon; and 1996, Bill Clinton-Dole.

Hillary Clinton will receive Colorado’s nine electoral votes during a ceremony in the governor’s office on Dec. 19.  Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams will participate in the ceremony.

*If your research shows something different, please let me know: Lynn.Bartels@SOS.state.co.us.

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