Ernest Luning

GOP triumphs in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, stoking widespread discontent with President Barack Obama, toppled Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall on Tuesday, scoring the first major statewide win by a Colorado Republican in a dozen years.

“Is there anybody here from Yuma?” Gardner asked an ecstatic crowd packed into a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center at the state GOP’s election night party, referencing the small town on the Eastern Plains where his family has lived for generations. “Tonight, we shook up the Senate,” he shouted. “You shook up the Senate!”

Hick wins reelection amidst red tide

The Colorado Statesman

As the crowd that packed the West Foyer of the State Capitol on the morning after Election Day chanted “Four more years!” a smiling Gov. John Hickenlooper encouraged their cheers and then gave a hearty summation: “The voters of Colorado have spoken. What I want to express, first and foremost, is gratitude. We are incredibly grateful that we have earned a second term as Colorado’s governor.”

Congressional races favor incumbents; Buck wins CD 4; Coffman prevails in tough CD 6

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s congressional delegation kept the same partisan distribution — four Republicans and three Democrats — on Tuesday and every incumbent who sought reelection won another term, including U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, the Aurora Republican who triumphed by a wider than anticipated margin in the face of one of the most hard-fought challenges in the country from former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

GOP sweeps statewide seats for second election in a row

The Colorado Statesman

For the second election in a row, Republicans swept all three of Colorado’s statewide cabinet-level offices on Tuesday, scoring wins for attorney general, state treasurer and secretary of state.

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton won a second term, besting former U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, the Democratic nominee, 50 percent to 44.9 percent. Libertarian David Jurist got 5.1 percent of the vote, according to returns posted at press time by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

Bush rallies for Colorado Republicans

And potential future presidential candidate stops in Douglas County for last minute push
The Colorado Statesman

Less than a week before ballots are due, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told several hundred avid Republicans that Colorado voters have the chance to turn the tide of history by sending U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner to the Senate and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez to the governor’s mansion.

“This is a historic election that’s going to make a huge difference in the future of this country,” said Bush at a rally for the GOP on Wednesday evening at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock.

Former Prez Clinton pitches Dems in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

A week before ballots are counted, former President Bill Clinton addressed crowds at Hinkley High School in Aurora on Monday night and the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood on Tuesday, sharing the stage with U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Gov. John Hickenlooper, two incumbent Democrats locked in neck-and-neck races.

Congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff made a pitch to help him unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman at the Aurora rally and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who is facing a challenge from Republican Don Ytterberg, asked Democrats to send him back for another term at the Lakewood rally.

Candidates move into full campaign mode

The Colorado Statesman

Jodi Garnier was ready to go out walking.

Ten days before the election, the Littleton Republican had just met U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in what could be tightest U.S. Senate race in the country, and she was fired up to head out into nearby neighborhoods on a balmy Saturday afternoon to persuade voters to turn in their mail ballots.

Clinton stresses importance of election for women

The Colorado Statesman

Hillary Clinton told a packed ballroom full of excited Democratic volunteers in Aurora on Tuesday that embattled U.S. Sen. Mark Udall was “fighting on the frontiers of freedom” by making women’s rights the centerpiece of his campaign against Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner.

First Lady tells Dems to turn out, not tune out

The Colorado Statesman

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an impassioned defense of the Democratic record while urging a crowd of volunteers to help revive some of the magic that swept her husband, President Barack Obama, into office six years ago, at a campaign rally in Denver on Thursday for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, who is facing a neck-and-neck battle with Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner in a bid for a second term.

The ground game begins

Colorado Dems are experienced troopers in pre-election footwork; Republicans claim they’re now ready to send in their top offensive front
The Colorado Statesman

With three top-ticket races that each appear to be tight as a tick — the U.S. Senate contest between Democratic incumbent Mark Udall and his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner; Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and his challenger, former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez; and three-term U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s run against former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff — Republicans, Democrats and single-issue groups are pulling out all the stops in an effort to chase every ballot.