Denver (CNN) - Ahead of the Tuesday night Republican caucus in the state, Colorado GOP leaders said they hope the event will not only pick a candidate but also help reunite and re-energize their base after a rough 2010 midterm election.
In that race the GOP was able to flip several House seats but they lost a Senate race and a chaotic governors race in a year that heavily favored Republicans.
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Many blamed poor party leadership and unelectable candidates who were supported by upstart tea partiers, but were unable to attract enough independent voters in the general election.
Last spring the party elected a new chairman, Ryan Call, who set out to find a way to reunite the party. He decided to move the caucus up from mid-March to today with hopes that a candidate would not yet be chosen and Colorado Republicans would have more of a say in the process.
"We are delighted with how it has worked out," Call said. "We expect strong turnout. We're in a strong place, more unified."
He said his desire was that the candidates, with media in tow, would come to Colorado to campaign and indeed all four remaining candidates have come to the state to make their pitches to voters, drawing thousands to their events.
Call said that Colorado Republicans will need organization and enthusiasm to beat President Barack Obama in this key swing state. Obama has visited the state several times since becoming president.
Rank and file voters are most concerned with the elusive quality of "elect-ability," he said. After their mid-term losses, they said don't want to make a mistake by picking a candidate that may match their ideology if they don't think that candidate can win.
"There are not as strong feelings this time," he said, adding that they need a candidate that can appeal out side of the party base and has the organizational structure to go up against an incumbent president.
"You need a candidate who reflects you values and principals, but you have to have a message that appeals to independents," he said.