Elbert County is a rural , farming and ranching county, SouthEast of Denver
and East of I 25. It is loaded with conservative ranchers, etc., and upper income weekend ranchers and horse property owners. There is also significant hunting and game .
Like most states, the heavily Urban population around Denver controls the state vote, as about 85% of the state population is concentrated there. The same type of demographic occurs in most western states.
Unless they start apportioning representatives in state legislatures based on geographic areas of counties rather than population, the trend will continue to go towards the Dems, unless the Republicans wake up and smell the coffee. Stop pissing off the very voters you need to take urban areas ( women, gays , latinos and other minorities.)