How did we get here?
The divide between rural and urban America is the answer. Rural voters felt they haven’t had their voices heard over the past eight years, and that Trump was the only candidate giving them any kind of attention. Urban voters also didn’t show up like they did for Obama, although the ones that did felt Clinton represented their interests more than Trump.
What Colorado decided was important
Colorado tends to vote differently than the rest of the nation, but this year was a bit different. Incumbent U.S. House representatives kept their seats Tuesday, as did U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. Voters also passed raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020, decided to allow medical aid-in-dying medication, and changed the caucus model to an open primary that unaffiliated voters can participate in. A smoking tax increase and creating statewide universal healthcare plan were soundly defeated.
How Millennials will determine the future of the U.S.
This generation will become the largest voting bloc in America in 2020. Getting Millennials-loosely defined as people born between 1981 and 2000-to the polls will be another matter, as exit polls show Millennials again didn’t come out en masse to vote. If the feeling of distrust and hopelessness can be overcome by Millennials, then the results from Election Day 2016 can be different in 2018 and 2020. But if not, similar outcomes can be expected.