The Green Papers: Colorado 2018 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 26 June 2018
✓ General Election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Tuesday 20 March 2018 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Monday 2 April 2018 - Filing Deadline - Minor Parties.
Tuesday 26 June 2018 - Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC). Colorado votes mostly by mail.
Thursday 12 July 2018 - Filing Deadline - Unaffiliated candidate nomination petition.
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - General Election. Polling hours 7:00a-7:00p MST (1400-0200 UTC). Colorado votes mostly by mail.
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:5,044,930 (1.63% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:9(1.67% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:7(1.61% of 435)
Capital:Denver
 

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Colorado State and Local Government


Unaffiliated voters can participate in the primary without choosing to be a member of a particular party. If a person votes both the Republican and Democratic ballot, neither one will count.


Ballot qualified parties in Colorado are American Constitution, Democratic, Green, Libertarian, Republican, and Unity.


2018 Election information and 2018 Candidate search, 2018 Primary Election Petition Candidates, 2018 Primary Election Candidate List, and 2018 General Election Petition Candidates from the Colorado Secretary of State.

The primary list will be updated until 27 April 2018 at which time the list will be finalized.

26 June 2018 Primary
Returns from the Colorado Secretary of State.
Results from The New York Times.
Results from Politico.
Results from FOX31 KDVR TV.


6 November 2018
General Election Candidate List from the Colorado Secretary of State.
Certified returns from the Colorado Secretary of State.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator  Cory Scott Gardner
First elected: 2014.
Also served in the U.S. House: 2011-2015.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list (6)
  Candidate Democratic     Derrick James Blanton
FEC S0CO00427
  Candidate Democratic     Lorena Garcia
FEC S0CO00435
  Candidate Democratic     Dustin John Leitzel
FEC S0CO00419
  Candidate Democratic     Keith Allen Pottratz
FEC S0CO00443
  Candidate Democratic     Trish Zornio
  Candidate Republican     Jerry Natividad

Class 3 Democratic Senator  Michael F. Bennet
Appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Ken Salazar on 21 January 2009 after entering upon his duties as Secretary of the Interior; appointed 21 January 2009 and sworn 22 January 2009. First elected: 2010, re-elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms, All Governors

Chair up for regular election
Open
Democratic Governor John W. Hickenlooper
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
The current Governor is affected by a term limit and cannot run for re-election.
Open Chair
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (4)
  Elected Democratic 1,348,888 53.42% Congressman  Jared Polis
for Lieutenant Governor: former state Representative Dianne Primavera
Congressional District 2.
11 June 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
  Candidate Republican 1,080,801 42.80% Treasurer  Walker Stapleton
for Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Lang Sias (R)
  Candidate Libertarian 69,519 2.75% Scott Helker
for Lieutenant Governor: Michelle Poague
  Candidate Unity 25,854 1.02% William "Bill" Hammons
for Lieutenant Governor: Eric Bodenstab
Total 2,525,062 100.00%  

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Elected on a ticket- and nominated- with the Governor

Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne
Appointed: 6 May 2016. Sworn 12 May 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - Ran for but lost the Democratic Primary for Governor.

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
3 Democratic (2 Renominated, 1 Open);
4 Republican (4 Renominated)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  Diana L. DeGette
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 1996
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in) - 116th Congress
  Elected Democratic 272,886 73.81% Congressman  Diana L. DeGette
FEC H6CO01141; 26 Nov 18; Tot $1,258,154; Dsb $1,161,291
  Candidate Republican 85,207 23.05% Charles "Casper" Wesley Stockham
FEC H8CO01162; 30 Nov 18; Tot $35,230; Dsb $35,566
  Candidate Libertarian 11,600 3.14% Raymon Anthony Doane
FEC H8CO01147
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 22 0.01% Miguel Lopez
Total 369,715 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Open
Democratic Congressman  Jared Polis
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 11 June 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (4, 1 write-in) - 116th Congress
  Elected Democratic 259,608 60.27% Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Executive Director Joseph "Joe" Neguse
FEC H8CO02160; 26 Nov 18; Tot $1,273,175; Dsb $1,016,925
  Candidate Republican 144,901 33.64% Peter Yu
FEC H8CO02251; 26 Nov 18; Tot $67,708; Dsb $67,708
  Candidate Independent 16,356 3.80% Nicholas Stephen Dreselly "Nick" Thomas
FEC H8CO02186
  Candidate Libertarian 9,749 2.26% Roger Barris
FEC H8CO02269; 26 Nov 18; Tot $25,725; Dsb $34,066
  Candidate Write-in; (Green) 151 0.04% Kevin Alumbaugh
Total 430,765 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Scott Randall Tipton
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (4, 3 write-ins) - 116th Congress
  Elected Republican 173,205 51.52% Congressman  Scott Randall Tipton
FEC H6CO03139; 26 Nov 18; Tot $1,598,940; Dsb $1,661,645
  Candidate Democratic 146,426 43.55% state Representative  Diane Mitsch Bush
FEC H8CO03192; 26 Nov 18; Tot $1,890,149; Dsb $1,864,704
  Candidate Independent 10,831 3.22% Mary Mollie Malarsie
FEC H8CO03226; 17 Oct 18; Tot $75,772; Dsb $75,577
  Candidate Libertarian 5,727 1.70% Gaylon Kent
  Candidate Write-in; (Green) 9 0.00% Gary Swing
  Candidate Write-in; (Green) 3 0.00% Bruce Lohmiller
  Candidate Write-in; (Unaffiliated) 0 0.00% Richard "Turtle" Tetu
Total 336,201 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Kenneth R. "Ken" Buck
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 2 write-ins) - 116th Congress
  Elected Republican 224,038 60.61% Congressman  Kenneth R. "Ken" Buck
FEC H4CO04090; 26 Nov 18; Tot $614,966; Dsb $647,525
  Candidate Democratic 145,544 39.38% Karen A. McCormick
FEC H8CO04091; 26 Nov 18; Tot $976,113; Dsb $935,586
  Candidate Write-in; (Green) 26 0.01% John B. Vigil
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 13 0.00% Richard Lyons Weil
FEC H8CO04109
Total 369,621 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Douglas L. "Doug" Lamborn
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 2 write-ins) - 116th Congress
  Elected Republican 184,002 57.02% Congressman  Douglas L. "Doug" Lamborn
23 April 2018: Colorado Supreme Court orders that Congressman Lamborn be removed from the primary ballot Kuhn v Williams, 2018 CO 30. He appealed to Federal Court on 25 April Goodall v Williams, 1:18cv-980. Article from The Denver Post.
1 May 2018: U.S. District Court Judge Philip A. Brimmer orders Congressman Doug Lamborn's name to appear on the primary ballot.

FEC H6CO05159; 26 Nov 18; Tot $679,496; Dsb $765,415
  Candidate Democratic 126,848 39.31% Stephany Rose Spaulding
FEC H8CO05130; 26 Nov 18; Tot $368,323; Dsb $325,276
  Candidate Libertarian 11,795 3.65% Douglas "Doug" Randall
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 55 0.02% Lori Furstenberg
FEC H8CO05163
  Candidate Write-in; (Unaffiliated) 16 0.00% John Croom
Total 322,716 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman Michael "Mike" Coffman
First elected: 2008
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (4, 1 write-in) - 116th Congress
  Elected Democratic 187,639 54.10% Jason Crow
FEC H8CO06229; 26 Nov 18; Tot $5,664,144; Dsb $5,611,882
  Candidate Republican 148,685 42.87% Congressman Michael "Mike" Coffman
FEC H8CO06138; 26 Nov 18; Tot $3,806,120; Dsb $3,790,453
  Candidate Libertarian 5,886 1.70% Kat Martin
  Candidate Unaffiliated 4,607 1.33% Dan R. Chapin
FEC H4CO04132
  Candidate Write-in; (Green) 5 0.00% Christopher Allen
Total 346,822 100.00%  

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 7
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  Edwin G. "Ed" Perlmutter
• Re-elected Tuesday 6 November 2018
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (3, 2 write-ins) - 116th Congress
  Elected Democratic 204,260 60.42% Congressman  Edwin G. "Ed" Perlmutter
9 April 2017: Running for Governor in 2018.
10 July 2017: No longer running for Governor or for Congress.
21 August 2017: Running for Congress in 2018.

FEC H6CO07023; 26 Nov 18; Tot $1,863,584; Dsb $1,426,561
  Candidate Republican 119,734 35.42% Mark Barrington
FEC H8CO07094; 26 Nov 18; Tot $54,977; Dsb $54,452
  Candidate Libertarian 14,012 4.14% Jennifer Nackerud
FEC H8CO07128
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 45 0.01% Steve Zorn
FEC H8CO07110
  Candidate Write-in; (Green) 16 0.00% Michael Haughey
Total 338,067 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of State  Wayne W. Williams
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (4)
  Elected Democratic 1,313,716 52.70% Jena Griswold
  Candidate Republican 1,113,927 44.69% Secretary of State  Wayne W. Williams
  Candidate American Constitution 51,734 2.08% Amanda Campbell
  Candidate Approval Voting 13,258 0.53% Blake Huber
Total 2,492,635 100.00%  

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Treasurer  Walker Stapleton
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - At term limit.
Candidate for Governor in 2017.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (3)
  Elected Democratic 1,292,281 52.23% state Representative  David "Dave" Young
  Candidate Republican 1,111,641 44.93% Brian Watson
  Candidate American Constitution 70,475 2.85% Gerald F. Kilpatrick
Total 2,474,397 100.00%  

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 8 November 2017: Candidate for Governor in 2018.
14 April 2018: Did not receive her party's nomination for Governor.
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (3)
  Elected Democratic 1,285,464 51.58% Philip "Phil" Weiser
  Candidate Republican 1,124,757 45.14% Denver District Attorney George Brauchler
circa 13 November 2017: Switched from candidate for Governor to candidate for Attorney General.
  Candidate Libertarian 81,733 3.28% William F. "Bill" Robinson, III
Total 2,491,954 100.00%  
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 6 incumbents, 20 candidates
  Republican: 8 incumbents, 12 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates): 6 candidates
  Libertarian: 8 candidates
Other Third Parties
  America First
  American Constitution (affiliate of Constitution): 2 candidates
  Approval Voting: 1 candidate
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  United Party (affiliate of Natural Law)
  Unity: 1 candidate
Independents
  Independent: 2 candidates
  Unaffiliated: 3 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 12 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  Colorado Constitution and Revised Statutes
Election Authority
  Colorado Secretary of State
  Colorado Secretary of State - Elections Center
  Secretary of State - Elections & Voting
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Colorado General Assembly
Democratic
  Colorado Democratic Party
  Democratic Caucus
Republican
  Colorado Republican Party
Third Party
  America First Party of Colorado
  American Constitution Party of Colorado
  Colorado Affiliate Of The Constitution Party
  Colorado Right to Life
  Justice Party of Colorado
  Libertarian Party of Colorado
  The Green Party of Colorado
  The Unity Party of America
  The Unity Party of Colorado
  Unity Party of Colorado
Media & others
  Aspen Daily News
  Aurora Daily Sun & Sentinel
  BizWest - Boulder
  Carbondale Valley Journal
  Colorado Daily - Boulder
  Colorado Political News - ColoradoPols.com
  Colorado Politics, News and Inside Information
  Cortez Journal
  Criag Daily Press
  Daily Reporter-Herald - Loveland
  Delta County Independent
  Denver Post
  Glenwood Springs Post Independent
  Greeley Tribune
  Gunnison Country Times
  Haxtun-Fleming Herald
  Lamar Daily News
  Mineral County Miner
  Monte Vista Journal
  Montrose Daily Press
  Pine River Times - Bayfield
  Politics1.com - Colorado
  Pueblo Chieftain
  Rifle Citizen Telegram
  Rio Blanco Herald Times
  Rocky Mountain News - Denver
  Snowmass Village Sun
  Summit Daily News - Frisco
  The Aspen Times
  The Canyon Courier - Evergreen
  The Colorado Independent - Denver
  The Colorado Statesman - Denver
  The Coloradoan - Fort Collins
  The Crested Butte News
  The Daily Camera - Boulder
  The Daily Sentinel - Grand Junction
  The Daily Times-Call - Longmont
  The Durango Herald
  The Fort Morgan Times
  The Gazette - Colorado Springs
  The Herald Democrat - Leadville
  The Journal Advocate - Sterling
  The Mountain Mail - Salida
  The Mountain-Ear - Nederland
  Times-Call - Longmont
  Vail Daily

 


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