Colorado Primary Election Day Recap

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Most votes from Tuesday’s primary election have been counted across Colorado, with winners declared in several key races:

Primary Election Results in Federal Races
Business executive Joe O’Dea defeated state Rep. Ron Hanks and Daniel Hendricks in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. He will now face incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennett in the general election.

Six of Colorado’s eight congressional districts had contested primary elections, which have now taken clear shape:

  • In the 1st Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Diana DeGette defeated Neal Walia in the Democratic primary. She will face Jennifer Qualteri, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary, in November.
  • In the 3rd Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Lauren Boebert defeated state Sen. Don Coram in the Republican primary, while former Aspen city councilman Adam Frisch narrowly won the Democratic nomination over Soledad Sandoval Tafoya, a community organizer.
  • In the 4th Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Ken Buck overcame a GOP primary challenge from Robert Lewis. He will now face Marine veteran Ike McCorkle in the general election.
  • In the 5th Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Doug Lamborn defeated three challengers in the Republican primary. He will face Democrat David Torres in November.
  • Rep. Ed Perlmutter is retiring from public service after eight terms representing the 7th Congressional District. Businessman and Army veteran Erik Aadland won the Republican nomination with hopes of flipping the longtime Democratic seat. Aadland will face Democratic state Sen. Brittany Pettersen in the general election.
  • Many expect the newly formed 8th Congressional District, with its near-even partisan split, to be one of the nation’s most competitive races. November’s general election will pit Republican state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer against Democratic state Rep. Yadira Caraveo.

Primary Election Results in State and Local Races
Democrats currently hold Colorado’s four major statewide offices, and each incumbent ran uncontested in their primaries. Incumbent Governor Jared Polis will face University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl in November. Ganahl defeated former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez in the Republican primary.

Incumbent Secretary of State Jena Griswold will face former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson, who defeated Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and businessman Mike O’Donnell in the Republican primary.

The races for Attorney General and Treasurer also featured uncontested primaries. This November, Democratic incumbent Attorney General Phil Weiser will face former U.S. Marine officer John Kellner, while Democratic incumbent Treasurer Dave Young will face former state Rep. Lang Sias.

Colorado also held numerous state legislative, county, and city races. Visit the Secretary of State’s website to find the results of your local elections.

Voter Registration and Locations
You can register to vote for the general election and find your polling location at Go Vote Colorado. Colorado residents must be at least 18 years old on Election Day, November 8. You can also register at polling locations through Election Day.

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