Republicans dominate, however Democrats are a drive in El Paso County.
El Paso County, with its county seat at Colorado Springs, produces extra votes for the Republican Occasion than some other county in Colorado. That mentioned, the county additionally accommodates a big physique of Democratic voters who dominate a substantial geographic portion of the county and win some necessary elections, primarily for the state Legislature, in consequence.
A latest precinct-by-precinct research of El Paso County, utilizing outcomes from the 2018 election for governor, revealed that Democratic voters are typically concentrated within the older elements of the county, significantly these with housing constructed within the late 1800s or early 1900s. Republicans, alternatively, have primarily settled within the newer elements of the county, particularly these developed from the tip of World Conflict II to the current day.
Within the 2018 election for governor, Democrat Jared Polis gained statewide however misplaced El Paso County to Republican Walker Stapleton 58.7% to 41.3%.
With the 2020 presidential election properly underway (mail-in ballots for Colorado’s June 30th main will probably be mailed early subsequent month), allow us to take a look at the place the Republicans and Democrats prevail in El Paso County — and due to this fact Colorado Springs — going from west to east.
Starting in Ute Go within the foothills of Pike’s Peak within the communities of Cascade, Chipeta Park, and Inexperienced Mountain Falls, the flavour is reasonably Republican. The GOP candidate acquired 53.3% of the two-party vote in comparison with 46.7% for the Democrat.
On to Manitou Springs and Outdated Colorado Metropolis plus west Colorado Springs. These are a number of the oldest communities within the state not to mention El Paso County, with many constructions relationship to the late 1800s. Manitou Springs clocked in electorally at 67.9% Democratic and Outdated Colorado Metropolis and adjoining parts of west Colorado Springs at 65.0% Democratic.
Subsequent there may be the overall downtown space of Colorado Springs, from under Cimarron Road on the south to Uintah Road on the north. Though there may be a lot that’s new and fashionable within the quick downtown space, there may be a tremendous quantity of flip of the 20th century housing in and adjoining to downtown. At a whopping 75.5%, it’s the most Democratic a part of El Paso County.
Simply south of downtown is the previous neighborhood of Ivywild, anchored by the repurposed former Ivywild Elementary College. This space voted 58.8% Democratic.
North of downtown sits one of many oldest and greatest preserved Victorian neighborhoods in Colorado Springs — the Outdated North Finish. It forged its ballots 65.5% Democratic. To the east is the Patty Jewett neighborhood, a bunch of early 20th century Victorian and Arts and Crafts properties reverse Patty Jewett municipal golf course. It voted 71.8% Democratic.
East of downtown is Shook’s Run, and east of there may be southeast Colorado Springs, famous for its many financial and academic challenges. Right here a lot of the housing is quick post-World Conflict II small ranch homes and condominium buildings. It’s 60.4% Democratic.
And that’s about it for solidly Democratic areas in Colorado Springs. Wanting again at Manitou Springs, we see an east-to-west stretch of the town operating by way of Manitou, Outdated Colorado Metropolis and downtown that ends in southeast Colorado Springs. That is the Democratic Occasion heartland in El Paso County.
Shifting on, allow us to search for areas which are evenly break up between the 2 political events. One is due east of downtown and runs out to Union Boulevard. It has Structure Avenue on the north and East Pikes Peak Avenue to the south. This mixture of older and newer properties is simply barely Democratic – a mere 52.6% Democratic to 47.4% Republican.
One other space exhibiting one thing of a two-party steadiness is the city of Fountain in southern El Paso County. It’s 54.5% Republican versus 45.5% Democratic. Transfer north of Fountain into Safety and Widefield, nonetheless, and these two post-World Conflict II communities are extra strongly GOP at 57.2% Republican.
Talking typically, as one strikes north of downtown Colorado Springs, voting will get extra Republican and stays that method. Rockrimmon, a big group west of I-25 and south of Woodmen Highway, was 59.3% Republican. Additionally west of I-25, within the giant ranch homes on the north aspect of Woodmen Valley Highway, the tally was 65.5% Republican.
It’s the identical story on the east aspect of I-25 within the northern a part of Colorado Springs. The massive space of newish housing north of Austin Bluffs Parkway was 60.3% Republican. Different comparatively new areas of building have been: Mountain Shadows, 62.1% Republican; Northgate, 71.0percentt Republican; and Briargate, 64.3% Republican.
This choice for the GOP was additionally discovered close to and alongside the border with Douglas County: Monument and Palmer Lake, 63.3% Republican; Lake Woodmoor, 70.3% Republican; and Black Forest, 75.8percentt Republican.
In an effort to find what is occurring in a brand new and energetic a part of Colorado Springs, the quickly growing space east of Powers Boulevard to Marksheffle Highway was studied. Apparently newcomers are Republicans — 60.8% Republican to be actual. One other newly growing space, Meridian Highway north of Woodmen Highway and U.S 24, got here in at 73.9% Republican.
Though Republicanism is strongest to the north in El Paso County, there are two Republican areas southwest of downtown Colorado Springs. One is the Broadmoor space round The Broadmoor lodge. It was 59.8% Republican. The opposite was Broadmoor Bluffs at 63.0% Republican. Close by Skyway is borderline at 51.8% Republican.
The final space to be thought-about is the japanese plains of El Paso County. As in all Colorado rural areas, these ranch lands and dry farms are probably the most Republican of all. They voted Republican for governor in 2018 with 79.5% of the vote, the best determine, Republican or Democratic, within the research.
In our ebook, Colorado Politics and Coverage: Governing a Purple State, we word that, in Colorado, the farther you go from the 16th Road mall in Denver, the extra you discover stalwart Republicans. The identical is true in El Paso County. The farther you go in any route from Poor Richard’s restaurant on North Tejon Road in downtown Colorado Springs, the extra you discover stalwart Republicans.
Tom Cronin and Bob Loevy are Colorado Faculty political scientists who’ve been voting in El Paso County for a lot of a long time.
— to gazette.com