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  • Writer's pictureMario Nicolais

Will political purity tests catch up to Colorado Democrats?

Updated: Apr 25, 2020

Before President Trump’s latest incendiary comments diverted the attention of the political media, Democrats in Washington, D.C., appeared to be barreling toward an intra-party showdown between traditional powers and upstart progressives.

What happens if Colorado Democrats follow suit?

For most of the past two decades, Colorado Democrats have been unified in a sole, all-encompassing mission: turn Colorado from red to blue. That type of unifying direction generally quells serious dissent within a party. Any deviation in ideology takes a back seat to obtaining power.

But you don’t need to look too far into Colorado’s history to see what happens when that party unity fades. The Republican Party collapse over the same time period should serve as a good lesson for Democrats now firmly entrenched as the state’s dominant political party.

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