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    What’s new?  What has changed?   How can you check on your voting status?  How, where, and when are you able to vote?  Who are the candidates?  What happens afterwards?

    John Lefebvre will guide this open forum topic and provide you with answers as things have changed with this election.

    Admission is $5 per person and we include a continental breakfast and beverages at Amazing Grace Community Church, 541 E 99th Place in Thornton.


    Republican Party primaries in Colorado, 2018

    Colorado 2018 elections

    U.S. House • Governor • Attorney General • Secretary of State • State executive offices • State Senate • State House • Supreme court • Appellate courts • Local judges • State ballot measures • Municipal • Recalls • How to run for office

    Colorado Democratic primaries, 2018 • Colorado Republican primaries, 2018


    Republican Party primaries, 2018
    Primary Date
    June 26, 2018
    Federal elections
    Republican primaries for U.S. House
    State elections
    Republican primaries for Colorado legislature
    Republican primary for governor
    Republican primary for lieutenant governor
    Republican primary for attorney general
    Republican primary for secretary of state
    State party
    Republican Party of Colorado
    State political party revenue


    Primary elections—in which registered voters select a candidate whom they believe should be a political party’s candidate for elected office to run in the general election—do more than simply select nominees. They often reflect a party’s self-definition and sense of unity.

    With the GOP’s control of Congress and state governments at stake in the November elections, the party’s legislative record during Donald Trump’s presidency is figuring into most consequential Republican primaries.

    The record includes the passage of major tax legislation in December 2017 and the confirmation of conservative federal judges but also a failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill in March 2018 that did not sit well with Trump or Republican media commentators.[1] Long-standing disagreements between Republican factions, including business interests, social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, foreign policy interventionists, non-interventionists, and Tea Party and grassroots activists, will play a role in the primaries as they have in years past.[2]

    President Trump is also playing a role in Republican primaries. He is more popular among voters who identify as Republicans than he is among independents and Democrats, according to public polling.[3] Republican candidates must decide whether to embrace him or keep him at arm’s length in preparation for the general elections.[4]

    This page focuses on the Republican primary elections taking place in Colorado on June 26, 2018. As the primary elections progress, the page will grow with more information about the primary elections for federal and state offices. In addition, the page provides context for understanding the state party apparatus.

    See also: Democratic Party primaries in Colorado, 2018


    Battleground primaries

    Battleground elections are those that Ballotpedia expects will either be more competitive than other races or attract significant national attention.

    Federal elections

    U.S. House

    See also: United States House elections in Colorado (June 26, 2018 Republican primaries)

    The 2018 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Colorado will take place on November 6, 2018. Voters will elect seven candidates to serve in theU.S. House, one from each of the state’s seven congressional districts. In 2017, the NRCC identified Colorado’s 7th Congressional District as a targeted race. To see a full list of candidates in the Republican primaries, click “Show more” below.

    Show more

    State elections

    Colorado Party Control: 1992-2017
    Six years of Democratic trifectas  •  Four years of Republican trifectas

    92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
    Governor D D D D D D D R R R R R R R R D D D D D D D D D D D
    Senate R R R R R R R R R D D R R D D D D D D D D D D R R R
    House R R R R R R R R R R R R R D D D D D D R R D D D D D

    Gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election

    See also: Colorado gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2018 (June 26 Republican primary)

    See also: Colorado gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2018 (June 26 Republican primary)


    Withdrew/Did not file

    Attorney general election

    See also: Colorado Attorney General election, 2018 (June 26 Republican primary)


    • George Brauchler – District attorney[31]

    Declined to run

    Secretary of state election

    See also: Colorado Secretary of State election, 2018 (June 26 Republican primary)


    State legislative elections

    Ballotpedia is identifying battleground races in the 2018 Colorado state legislative Republican primary elections. These primaries have the potential to be more competitive than other races and could lead to changes in the membership of the Republican caucus or have an impact on general election races.

    To determine the Colorado state legislative Republican primary battleground races in 2018, Ballotpedia is examining races that fit one or more of the three factors listed below:

    1. Identified by the media as a notable primary election.
    2. One or more of the candidates received a notable endorsement.
    3. The primary is known to be competitive based on past results or because it is a rematch of a primary that was competitive in the past.

    If you know of any races that should be added, please email editor@ballotpedia.org.




    State party overview

    See also: Republican Party of Colorado

    Since 2015, the Colorado Republican Party has aimed to increase the use of voter data. Chairman Steve House observed, “Creating a winning strategy comes from understanding each and every race and what it takes to win and then executing that strategy from now until Election Day. Winning is about precision and execution. Having world class data is the critical first step.”[34]

    The Colorado Republican Party is affiliated with the following statewide auxiliary organizations:[35]

    • Colorado Hispanic Republicans
    • Colorado Federation of College Republicans
    • Colorado Federation of Republican Women
    • Colorado Republican Business Coalition
    • Colorado Federation of Young Republicans
    • Denver Metro Young Republicans
    • Colorado Jewish Republicans
    • National Asian Indian Republican Association
    • Log Cabin Republicans
    • The Reagan Club
    • Lincoln Club of Colorado
    • Russian Republican Club

    As of June 2017, the Republican Party held a majority in the Colorado State Senate. The state operated under a divided government with DemocraticGovernor John Hickenlooper and a Democratic majority in the Colorado House of Representatives.


    State political party revenue

    See also: State political party revenue and State political party revenue per capita

    State political parties typically deposit revenue in separate state and federal accounts in order to comply with state and federal campaign finance laws. The following table displays the Republican Party of Colorado‘s revenue over a six-year period from 2011 to 2016. Revenue totals are broken down by account type and year. The data was compiled through publicly available state and federal campaign finance reports.

    Republican Party of Colorado revenue, 2011 to 2016[36][37]
    Year Federal account State account(s) Total
    2011 $715,801.01 $36,231.00 $752,032.01
    2012 $9,678,748.90 $433,072.39 $10,111,821.29
    2013 $643,852.83 $67,208.61 $711,061.44
    2014 $7,159,272.92 $668,034.87 $7,827,307.79
    2015 $1,238,597.54 $39,099.78 $1,277,697.32
    2016 $3,571,885.41 $488,215.16 $4,060,100.57

    Colorado compared to other states

    The Democratic Party and the Republican Party maintain state affiliates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and select U.S. territories. The following maps display total state political party revenue per capita for the Democratic and Republican state party affiliates from 2011 to 2016. The blue map displays Democratic state parties and the red map displays Republican state parties. Click on a state below to view the state party’s revenue per capita totals:

    Total Democratic and Republican state political party revenue per capita in the United States, 2011-2016

    Primary election scheduling

    Colorado is one of five states to hold a primary election on June 26, 2018.

    Voter information

    How the primary works

    primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party’s candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders. Primaries are state-level and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election. Colorado utilizes an open primary system. According to Section 1-7-201 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, “an eligible unaffiliated elector is entitled to vote in the primary election of a major political party without affiliating with that political party.”[38][39]

    Poll times

    In Colorado, the polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time. An individual who is in line at the time polls close must be allowed to vote.[40]

    Registration requirements

    In Colorado, an individual can register to vote if he or she is at least 16 years old and will be 18 by Election Day. A voter must be a citizen of the United States and have lived in Colorado at least 22 days prior to Election Day.[41]

    Colorado voters can register through Election Day, but must register at least eight days prior to Election Day to automatically receive a ballot in the mail. Voters who register after that point must pick up a ballot in person at any Voter Service and Polling Center. Voters can register online or submit a form by fax, email, mail, or in person.[42][43]

    Online registration

    See also: Online voter registration

    Colorado has implemented an online voter registration system. Residents can register to vote by visiting this website.

    Voter ID requirements

    Colorado voters must provide a valid form of identification if they choose to vote in person. The identification does not have to include a photo. For a full list of acceptable forms of identification, click here.[44]

    Early and absentee voting

    Colorado uses a vote-by-mail system exclusively, so there is no need for explicit absentee or early voting procedures, except for those who cannot or do not wish to vote by mail. County clerks and recorders automatically send mail ballots to every elector in active status, starting 18 to 22 days before the election. The last day on which a county clerk can mail a ballot to a voter is eight days before the election. However, since electors can register to vote until the polls close at 7 p.m. on Election Day, there are always some voters that cannot vote by mail ballot. Therefore, Colorado law requires county clerks to open and operate polling locations called Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs) starting 15 days before the election through Election Day, excluding Sundays. Eligible voters can visit any VSPC in their county of residence to do any of the following:

    • void their mail ballot to vote in person,
    • register to vote,
    • update an existing voter registration record,
    • obtain a mail ballot “over-the-counter,” or
    • vote in person on paper ballots or accessible voting devices.[45]

    Pivot Counties

    See also: Pivot Counties by state

    Four of 64 Colorado counties—6 percent—are Pivot Counties. Pivot Counties are counties that voted for Barack Obama (D) in 2008 and 2012 and for Donald Trump (R) in 2016. Altogether, the nation had 206 Pivot Counties, with most being concentrated in upper midwestern and northeastern states.

    Counties won by Trump in 2016 and Obama in 2012 and 2008
    County Trump margin of victory in 2016 Obama margin of victory in 2012 Obama margin of victory in 2008
    Conejos County, Colorado 3.56% 9.22% 12.93%
    Huerfano County, Colorado 6.61% 8.27% 11.23%
    Las Animas County, Colorado 15.60% 2.65% 7.04%
    Pueblo County, Colorado 0.50% 13.99% 14.97%

    In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton (D) won Colorado with 48.2 percent of the vote. Donald Trump (R) received 43.3 percent. In presidential elections between 1900 and 2016, Colorado voted Republican 63.3 percent of the time and Democratic 36.7 percent of the time. Colorado voted Republican in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, but voted Democratic in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 elections.

    Presidential results by legislative district

    The following table details results of the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections by state House districts in Colorado. Click [show] to expand the table. The “Obama,” “Romney,” “Clinton,” and “Trump” columns describe the percent of the vote each presidential candidate received in the district. The “2012 Margin” and “2016 Margin” columns describe the margin of victory between the two presidential candidates in those years. The “Party Control” column notes which party holds that seat heading into the 2018 general election. Data on the results of the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections broken down by state legislative districts was compiled by Daily Kos.[46][47]

    In 2012, Barack Obama (D) won 37 out of 65 state House districts in Colorado with an average margin of victory of 27.3 points. In 2016, Hillary Clinton (D) won 40 out of 65 state House districts in Colorado with an average margin of victory of 24.8 points. Clinton won four districts controlled by Republicans heading into the 2018 elections.


    In 2012, Mitt Romney (R) won 28 out of 65 state House districts in Colorado with an average margin of victory of 21.2 points. In 2016, Donald Trump (R) won 25 out of 65 state House districts in Colorado in 2016 with an average margin of victory of 25.8 points. Trump won one district controlled by a Democrat heading into the 2018 elections.


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