The 2018 midterms swung Colorado into blue state territory as Democrats cinched a political trifecta in state politics.
As Colorado Republicans gather on the political borderlands, they’ve got a series of strategic decisions to make. One of those is choosing a new leader.
Colorado Republican Party Chairman Jeff Hays recently announced he would not seek re-election. Those November election results played a role.
“I think if we had won more ... I was enjoying myself, and I think we were doing a pretty good job, and I probably would’ve just blindly stumbled forward and run for another term,” Hays said.
When Hays spoke to Colorado Matters from the Republican watch party on election night, he was shaken by the results coming in. He called the moment a Republican “brand rejection” then, and seconds that assessment now.
“I do think there was a brand rejection, and it was a nationalized election,” Hays said.
Read the rest of the story at Colorado Public Radio.