Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams outlined the reasons he backs a return to the presidential primary during a news conference at the state Capitol Thursday.
Williams said he still supports the caucus system because of the personal contact candidates have with voters. That chemistry isn’t the same, he said, with presidential candidates.
“To the best of my knowledge, neither Donald Trump nor Ted Cruz nor Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders personally knocked on doors in Colorado to say, ‘Let me talk to you about why I think I should be president,'” Williams said of the Republican and Democratic frontrunners.
Standing behind Williams were two Democratic lawmakers, Reps. Dominick Moreno of Commerce City and Alec Garnett of Denver, and two fellow Republicans, Reps. Tim Dore of Elizabeth and J. Paul Brown of Ignacio, who support lawmakers this year voting to restore the presidential primary.
Coloradans in 1990 overwhelmingly voted to create a presidential primary. The measure was referred to the ballot by lawmakers and it changed election laws, not the state constitution. That flexibility allowed lawmakers 13 years later to cancel the primary, mostly because of budget problems.