Hickenlooper wins primary, will take on Gardner


  • State of Colorado
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will take on incumbent Republican Senator Cory Gardner in November after a decisive victory in Tuesday’s Democratic Senate primary.

The Associate Press called Hickenlooper’s victory over over former Colorado State House Speaker Andrew Romanoff just 21 minutes after polls closed.

Unofficial results posted to the Secretary of State’s website Wednesday afternoon show Hickenlooper capturing 59.3 percent of the vote compared to Romanoff’s 40.6 percent.

For El Paso County, more than 44,000 votes were cast for Hickenlooper (63 percent) compared to 25,700 for Romanoff (36.8 percent.)

In the El Paso County’s Republican primary for district attorney, Deputy District Attorney Michael Allen defeated El Paso County Commission Chairperson Mark Waller with nearly 54 percent of the vote.

Because no Democrat is running, Allen will take over for 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May, who leaves office in January.

In District 3, five-term incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Tipton was upset by Lauren Boebert, and Diane Mitsch Bush soundly defeated James Iacino.

In State House District 20, the Democratic primary saw Meg Fossinger besting Susan Crutchfield with more than 63 percent of the vote. She’ll take on Rep. Terri Carver in November.

As for voter turnout, 1,577,347 ballots were returned as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Wednesday update by the Secretary of State.
The ballots mark a turnout of 44.96 percent for active voters, which will increase as additional ballots are processed.
Of all voted ballots, 99.3 percent were returned via mail or drop box, encompassing 99.4 percent of Republican Primary voters, and 99.2 percent Democratic Primar voters.

Statewide turnout, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, is “easily the largest of any state primary in Colorado’s history.”

The state saw just 37.63 percent of active voters turnout for the its primary in 2018.

In El Paso County, 157,204 ballots were cast for a turnout of 37.68 percent.

At last update, 918,374 Democrat ballots had been tabulated statewide, compared to 565,805 Republican. Unaffiliated voters casting Democratic ballots outnumbered Republicans 308,735 to 114,325.

Ballots will continue to be processed over the next eight days. Military and overseas ballots cast by 7 p.m. on election day will be counted up to July 8, when preliminary results will be finalized and the state’s Risk Limiting Audit will be conducted July 10. All results will be made official three weeks after the election.

Editor's note: This story has been updated.

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