Not surprisingly, El Paso County broke records for voter turnout on June 26, as the number of unaffiliated voters rivaled that of Democrats in Colorado's first semi-open primary elections. Final counts showed 140,800 county residents had cast ballots in state and local races, according to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office. Of those, 24 percent were cast by Democrats, 52 percent by Republicans and 24 percent by unaffiliated voters.
Around 58 percent of unaffiliated county residents returned Republican ballots, while 42 percent returned Democratic ballots. Those numbers represented a turnout of about 37 percent among active, eligible voters, compared to 32 percent for the 2016 primaries, in which 86,000 people voted.
Among the victors: Incumbent Rep. Doug Lamborn won the District 5 Republican primary with 52 percent of the vote; Jared Polis won the Democratic governor's primary with 39 percent of the county vote and 44 percent of the statewide vote; Walker Stapleton took the Republican nomination for governor with nearly 48 percent of the county and statewide vote; Marc Snyder won the state's District 18 Democratic primary with 55 percent of the vote; and Sheriff Bill Elder won the Republican primary with 58 percent. In the biggest nail-biter, Democratic attorney general candidate Phil Weiser lost to Joe Salazar by a margin of 5 percent in El Paso County, but won the statewide race by less than 1 percent.