With issues like gun control, abortion, Trumpism, education, and inflation hanging in the balance, we registered Unaffiliated (i.e., independent) voters in Colorado have some interesting options to consider this year.
Ballots for the 2022 primaries will be mailed to us next week (all registered voters receive their ballots in the mail), and Unaffiliated voters will receive both the Democrat and Republican ballots. We can vote with either one, but not both. (This wasn’t always the case. Until 2016, we Unaffiliateds couldn’t vote in either primary unless we first changed our registration to the desired party. Early this year Republicans filed suit to overturn the 2016 measure, but failed. )
Colorado’s Sen. Michael Bennet (D) is up for reelection this year and it occurs to me that instead of voting for him, I could use my Republican ballot to vote for the weakest possible Republican opponent. (The current favorite Republican is extremely conservative — pro-gun, anti-abortion, pro-Trump. But there is also a more moderate Republican on the ballot, who would support some, although very limited, abortion rights and who thinks modest red flag laws make sense.)
Many national news outlets seem to think Bennet’s seat is safe; certainly the state has become more Democratic in recent years. But some speculate he might be vulnerable and that the GOP will therefore provide a lot of support for his Republican opponent.
Which candidate could Bennet most easily defeat — the more moderate Republican or the hard-right candidate? Which would I rather see in Washington if Bennet were to lose?
Currently I plan to vote for Bennet in November, but the options presented in the primaries are thought-provoking.