The year was 1979. The Eagles' top song "The Long Run" was a hit on the radio. The Denver Broncos finished second in the AFC West Championship under coach Red Miller. And it was the last year that Democrats held a majority on the University of Colorado Board of Regents.
The Eagles were right: it has been a long run indeed for Republicans.
Fast forward 37 years to a high-profile 2016 election year filled with wall-to-wall coverage of presidential candidates. During such a busy year, an election for the CU Board of Regents would seem almost an afterthought.
But among the down-ballot races in Colorado this year, the real sleeper race may be the statewide, "At-Large" open seat on the Board of Regents that could flip the political power of the nine-member panel that oversees 61,000 students, four college campuses and a $3.5 billion university system budget