Democratic Party Summit

Democrats are working to duplicate last year's triumph that helped them win control of the state Legislature and pick up a Senate and House seat.

But analysts say that could be difficult after Pat Waak led a band of party activists to oust party chairman Chris Gates after the elections were over.

Democrats are meeting this weekend for training and strategic planning in Colorado Springs.

Pollster Floyd Ciruli says Waak will have a tough time duplicating last year's stunning successes because the party officials meeting this weekend aren't the same party officials who led the party to victory last year.

He says the biggest challenge will be the governor's race, where Democrats have only one candidate, former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter, who's an outspoken opponent of abortion.


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