President Barack Obama won Colorado, locking up an election battleground where the two rivals campaigned with such regularity that even four-year-olds knew their names.
With 49 percent of Colorado’s precincts reporting, the president had 51 percent of the vote to Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s 47 percent, according to the Associated Press, which projected Obama as the winner.
Colorado’s nine electoral votes were considered crucial by both candidates, who battled with millions in advertising dollars to win over the state’s 3.4 million registered voters who are evenly split among Republicans, Democrats and the unaffiliated.
Obama took Colorado by nine percentage points in 2008, helped by young voters energized by social issues and the state’s increasing numbers of Hispanics.
The economy ranked as the state’s No. 1 issue, with unemployment at 8 percent in September, above the national average of 7.8 percent that month.
Voter fatigue became evident last month when a video of 4-year-old Fort Collins resident Abigael Evans went viral on YouTube. In the clip, shot in a grocery store parking lot following an NPR update on the presidential campaign, Abby’s mother asks why she’s crying.
“Just because, I’m tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney,” she responds, mispronouncing the president’s name as only a preschooler can.