Battleground Blog: 14 Things you didn’t know about Colorado
November 2nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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Battleground Blog: 14 Things you didn’t know about Colorado

EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. Here, CNN Correspondent Kyung Lah lists 14 things you may not have known about the state of Colorado, the battleground state she is covering this week.

1) Brewer turned politician

Before becoming Denver’s Mayor and then Colorado’s Governor, Democrat John Hickenlooper made his fortune by creating the Wynkoop Brewing Co. in Lower Downtown Denver, a popular area usually called “LoDo”

2) Full ballot

There are 16 Presidential candidates on the Colorado ballot, including candidates from the “Peace and Freedom,” “Justice,” “Objectivist,” “American Constitution” and “Socialist Workers” parties.

3) ‘Beautiful’ Colorado

Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” after being inspired by the view from Pikes Peak.

4) Federal property

The U.S. federal government owns 36.6% of the land in Colorado.

5) Mile High. Really

The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.

6) Olympics? No Thanks

Colorado is the only state in history to turn down the Olympics. In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. At the last minute, 62% of all voters  in the state choose not to host the Olympics, because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the state and the city of Denver. Former Gov. Dick Lamm, a state legislator at the time, led the charge to turn back the Games, and he rode that anti-Olympic campaign into the governor’s mansion. Now co-director of the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver, Lamm adamantly defends turning down the Olympics nearly 40 years ago.

7) A city of honor

Pueblo is the only city in America with four living recipients of the Medal of Honor.

8) Early voters

As much as 85% of this year’s votes from Colorado will be in by Election Day.

9) Independent minds

More than one third of all Colorado voters are registered Independent voters.

10) John Denver and meteors

The song “Rocky Mountain High,” written by John Denver while camping near Windstar, was inspired by a "fire in the sky" - The Perseid meteor shower.

11) Nearly everyone votes

In 2008, 2,401,462 votes were cast in the presidential race, a turnout of 91.68%.

12) Always a winner

There are 42 different scenarios of how you add up the electoral votes to reach the magic number of 270 – the total needed to elect a president - and Colorado is in all 42 of those scenarios.

13) Getting women’s attention

Combined, Obama and Romney and the Super Pacs have spent nearly $5 billion to win your vote. It is estimated that each campaign spent around $42 to get the vote of a woman living in the Colorado Suburbs.

14) The beer state

Colorado is home to over 160 established craft brewers located across the state. The economic impact of the entire Colorado beer industry on the state economy is an estimated $18.5 billion.

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  1. Dan

    Best beer fest in the county is in Colorado every year.

    They are also a leader in wind energy and fighting global warming. A beautiful state that cares about the environment.

    November 2, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |