Now for the main event

Bill Christopher
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When you open your weekly newspaper on Thursday we will know who “made the cut” and who didn’t for the “main event.” I am talking about the State of Colorado June 24 primary election results. I hope you voted in it as I did even if you are registered as an Unaffiliated voter and declared a party in time to exercise your vote for a favorite candidate. If you participated, you would know that there were not a large number of contested races within either of the political parties. However, having said that, there are a couple of highly visible contested races within the Republican Party.

Highly visible contests

The two races which I am referring to are the four Republican Party candidates for governor and the four candidates for U.S. Congressional District 4 who are eager to fill exiting Congressman Cory Gardner’s seat.

The four gubernatorial candidates for the “R’s” are Bob Beauprez, Scott Gessler, Mike Kopp and Tom Tancredo. It is a case of two veteran politicians and two less experienced politicians (at least no Federal experience). My guess is that either Beauprez or Gessler will get the nod within the party. As for the 4th Congressional District, Ken Buck, Barbara Kirkmeyer, Steve Laffey and Scott Renfroe are vying to represent their party. Buck seems to have the visibility and money to go onto the General Election in November.

Pattern of contested party races

It is interesting to note that state House and Senate races within the two political parties have a clear pattern of contested races this time around. In the Senate, the Democrats do not have a single contested race while the Republicans have 2.

On the House side, the Democrats have 3 contested races while the Republicans have 8. When combining the two sets of races, the Dems only have 3 contested races within their party while the Republicans have 10. An important consideration is when there is a contested race for one party’s candidate and not for the other party’s candidate.

Having to fund two campaigns and do double duty in campaigning makes it tough for the candidate that is faced with a contested primary election. We will see how the 3 Democratic Party candidates faired along with the 10 Republican Party candidates who were faced with a primary election contest.

Attorney General’s race

Our own former District Attorney for the 17th Judicial District, Don Quick, is the sole Democratic Party candidate for attorney general. He is going up against Republican candidate Cynthia Coffman who also does not have a primary election opponent. Good luck to Don!

U.S. Congregational Races identified

Regarding the U.S. House of Representatives where there is an incumbent seeking re-election, only U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton (District 3) and Doug Lamborn (District 5) have opponents within his own political party. U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, Mike Coffman and Ed Perlmutter can focus on the November election. The same holds true for incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and his opponent Congressman Cory Gardner who are seeking the U.S. Senate seat which is up for grabs. It has been obvious the past few weeks that there are no contests within either political party in the primary election for the U.S. Senate seat as Udall, Gardner and various 527 PAC’s have been hard hitting in TV campaign ads against their respective opponent.

With President Obama’s popularity continuing on the wane, issues with Obamacare, the recent Senate vote on the XL Pipeline project and Udall’s steadfast support of Obama’s agenda, Senator Udall is somewhat shaky as the incumbent candidate. It should be an interesting race.