These results reflect the status of races as of 11pm on Tuesday, June 26th. An automatic recount will occur if the difference between the number of votes cast between the leading candidate and the candidate with the second highest votes is less than one half of one percent of the highest vote count. The Democrat primary for the Attorney General has not been officially called and the Republican primary for the state Treasurer has not been officially called yet. The results below for these races are unofficial.
This primary election was the first in which unaffiliated voters had the option to vote in either the Republican or Democrat primary elections. With unaffiliated voters being the largest voting bloc in the state, the effect of this change was unknown and only speculated. Governor Hickenlooper is term limited so there were open competitive primaries for both Democrats and Republicans in the Governor’s race. On the Democrat side candidates included Cary Kennedy, former State Treasurer; Jared Polis, Congressman from Boulder; Mike Johnston, former state Senator; and Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne. The Republican candidates for Governor were Walker Stapleton, State Treasurer; Victor Mitchell, businessman; Greg Lopez, former Mayor of Parker; and Doug Robinson, the nephew of Mitt Romney. Within an hour after the polls closed, both Republican Walker Stapleton (https://www.stapletonforcolorado.com/) and Democrat Jared Polis (https://polisforcolorado.com/) were declared winners of their respective primary races.
There was a Democrat primary for the Attorney General race between State Representative Joe Salazar and Phil Weiser. The Republican candidate George Brauchler, who initially was going to run for Governor, ran unopposed in the Republican primary for Attorney General. Phil Weiser won the Democrat primary for Attorney General over Representative Salazar despite Salazar’s support from Bernie Sanders. There were also contested primaries for Democrats and Republicans in the race for State Treasurer. The establishment candidate, State Representative Dave Young won the Democrat race. The Republican race was close three way race between Brian Watson, Justin Everett, and Polly Lawrence. Brian Watson, a real estate businessman and CEO, won the Republican spot on the general election ballot with 38.2% of the vote to Representative Everret’s 36.2%, and Representative Lawrence’s 25.1%.
There were a number of Congressional races for the U.S. House of Representatives with incumbents who were expected to win. Congresswoman Diana DeGette won the Democrat Primary and because the Denver District is a strong Democrat district she will likely go on to win the general election. Joe Neguse, attorney and CU Board of Regents member, won the Democrat primary for the 2nd Congressional District which was vacated by Congressman Polis. Former State Representative Diane Mitsch Bush will face the incumbent Scott Tipton in the general election for the 3rd Congressional District. Karen McCormick is the Democrat candidate and will run against the Republican incumbent U.S. Representative Ken Buck in the 4th Congressional District. In the most crowded Republican primary for the U.S. House of Representative, incumbent Doug Lamborn won the Republican primary for the 5th Congressional District handedly with a nearly 33 percentage point lead over the second highest candidate, Darryl Glenn who received only 20.1% of the vote and Senator Owen Hill who received 17.7% of the vote. Jason Crow will be the Democrat candidate to face Incumbent Republican Mike Coffman for the 6th Congressional District in November.
As votes started to come in for state races, some numbers were coming in not in favor of several incumbents. Representative Phil Covarrubias and Representative Reyher, both first time legislators, lost their primaries to fellow Republicans. However, incumbent Representative Lois Landgraf did win her race for HD 21 in El Paso County with 65.53% of the vote. Incumbent Senator Ray Scott was able to hold off a competitive primary against State Representative Dan Thurlow for SD 7, receiving 63.9% of the vote.
The final winners of the State House and State Senate Primary include (updated % throughout the evening can be found at https://elections.denverpost.com/):
The final winners of the State House and State Senate open and contested primaries include:
SD 2 – Dennis Hisey (R)
SD 7 – Sen. Ray Scott (R)
SD 9 – Rep. Paul Lundeen (R)
SD 11 – Rep. Pete Lee (D)
SD 15 – Rob Woodward (R)
SD 32 – Robert Rodriguez (D)
SD 34 – Julie Gonzales (D)
HD 4 – Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
HD 5 – Alex Valdez (D)
HD 9 – Emily Sirota (D)
HD 12 – Sonya Lewis (D)
HD 14 – Rep. Shane Sandridge (R)
HD 19 – Tim Geitner (R)
HD 21 – Rep. Lois Landgraf (R)
HD 22 – Colin Larson (R) – Still too close to call. Frank Francone (R) is within the recount margin.
HD 24 – Monica Duran (D)
HD 28 – Kerry Tipper (D)
HD 31 – Yadira Caraveo (D)
HD 34 – Rep. Skinny Winkler (R)
HD 34 – Kyle Mullica (D)
HD 35 – Shannon Bird (D)
HD 39 – Mark Baisley (R)
HD 47 – Don Bendell (R) – Defeated incumbent Rep. Judy Reyher
HD 50 – Rochelle Galindo (D)
HD 54 – Matt Soper (R)
HD 55 – Janice Rich (R)
HD 56 – Rod Bockenfeld (R) – Defeated incumbent Rep. Phil Covarubbias (R).
HD 61 – Julie McCluskie (D)
HD 65 – Rod Pelton (R)