In typical purple-state fashion, Colorado voted Democratically in the presidential and U.S. Senate races, while assuring that the U.S. House of Representatives would remain in Republican control. The state legislature will also remain split between the parties, with Democrats continuing to hold a majority in the state House and Republicans retaining their authority over the state Senate.
Colorado’s U.S. House of Representatives will remain in Republican control thanks to voters who rewarded incumbents, rather than opting for a changing of the guard. In District 2, which includes Boulder, voters re-elected Democrat Jared Polis.
Despite tough challenges by Democrats Morgan Carroll and Gail Schwartz, voters also re-elected incumbent candidates in two of the state’s most heated races. Republicans Mike Coffman and Scott Tipton took big wins in District 6 – which includes parts of Denver and Aurora – and District 3 – which includes Southwest Colorado and the Western Slope, respectively.
Four Republicans and three Democrats make up the House after last night’s election.
The state legislature didn’t see many surprises this election, as voters maintained party alignments. While Republicans continue to hold a majority in the state Senate, University of Colorado graduate Steven Fenberg gave Democrats a win in District 18. The district encompasses much of Boulder County, including the city of Boulder, Nederland and Lyons.
Democrats also took seats in Districts 14 and 33, and were re-elected inDistricts 19, 26, 28 29 and 31. Republicans took seats in Districts 4, 8, 10, 12, 23 and 35, and were re-elected in Districts 25 and 27.
In the Democratically-held state House, Democrats filled 10 seats and were re-elected to 21 seats. Republicans filled 18 seats and were re-elected to seven seats.
Here at the university, GOP candidate Heidi Ganahl defeated Democrat Alice Madden in a close race for the at-large seat on CU’s Board of Regents. The board includes nine members: seven from congressional districts and two at-large members who represent the state as a whole. Ganahl’s victory means Republicans will continue to hold a majority of seats on the board, as they have since 1979. The new at-large regent is replacing term-limited Republican Steve Bosley, and previously served as Boulder’s representative in the state legislature between 2000 and 2008. Voters re-elected Suzanne Sharkey (R) for the board’s District 4 seat.
Two incumbent Boulder County commissioners overcame Republican challengers to retain their positions. Boulder resident Elise Jones will remain in the District 1 seat on the Board of County Commissioners, while Deb Gardner of Longmont will continue to fill the District 2 seat. In addition, Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, who was unapposed in both his party’s primary election and in the general election, won a third term.