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Colorado  
 
General Information

Election Timeline


  • May 27, 2010 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • August 10, 2010 - Primary elections
  • November 2, 2010 - Election day
  • Latest Polls and Updates


    Conservative Ranking


    Colorado is the 23rd least conservative state, voting 1.68% less Republican in the 2008 presidential elections than the national average.

    Partisan Trend


    Based on voting patterns since 1992, Colorado is trending DEMOCRAT in presidential elections.

    GOP Trend Ranking


    Colorado ranks 33rd among the 50 states.
     

    Senate Race
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet seeks a first full term in 2010.  He faced primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Ken Buck  
  • Jane Norton - Former Colorado Lieutenant Governor
  • DEM Candidates

  • Michael Bennet - Incumbent  
  • Andrew Romanoff - Former Colorado Speaker of the House
  • Party nominee -

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    Governor's Race
    OPEN SEAT:  Democratic incumbent Bill Ritter, Jr. will not seek re-election in 2010.

    GOP Candidates

  • Dan Maes  
  • Scott McInnis - Former U. S. Representative from Colorado
  • DEM Candidates

  • John Hickenlooper - Mayor of Denver  
  • IND Candidate

  • Tom Tancredo - Former Republican U.S. Representative from Colorado
  • Party nominee -

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    Competitive House Races

    District 3 (map)
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent John Salazar, Jr. is up for a fourth term in 2010.  He faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Scott Tipton - Colorado State Representative  
  • Bob McConnell
  • DEM Candidates

  • John Salazar, Jr. - Incumbent  
  • Party nominee -

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    District 4 (map)
    Incumbent:  Freshman Democratic incumbent Betsy Markey seeks a second term in 2010.  She faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Cory Gardner - Colorado State Representative  
  • Tom Lucero - Regent for the University of Colorado
  • Dean Madere
  • DEM Candidates

  • Betsy Markey - Incumbent  
  • Party nominee -

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    District 7 (map)
    Incumbent:  Democratic incumbent Ed Perlmutter seeks a third term in 2010.

    GOP Candidates

  • Ryan Frazier  
  • DEM Candidates

  • Ed Perlmutter - Incumbent  
  • Party nominee -

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    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 1:  Dianna DeGette (D)-inc vs. Mike Fallon (R)
  • District 2:  Jared Polis (D) vs. Stephen Bailey (R)
  • District 5:  Doug Lamborn (R)-inc vs. Kevin Bradley (D)
  • District 6:  Mike Coffman (R) vs. John Flerlage (D)
  •  
    Additional Information
    Current Partisan Breakdown
     
    National Delegation
      Senators 2 DEM
      Representatives 2 GOP, 5 DEM
    State Government
      Governor DEM
      Lt. Governor DEM
      State Senate - DEM control 15 GOP, 20 DEM
      State House - DEM control 27 GOP, 38 DEM

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Bill Ritter (D) - 1st term, not seeking re-election in 2010
  • Lt. Governor:  Barbara O'Brien (D) - 1st term, tied to Governor
  • Senior Senator:  Mark Udall (D) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2014
  • Junior Senator:  Michael Bennet (D) - 1st term (partial), election in 2010
  • House District 1:  Dianna Degett (D) - 7th term
  • House District 2:  Jared Polis (D) - 1st term
  • House District 3:  John Salazar (D) - 3rd term
  • House District 4:  Betsy Markey (D) - 1st term
  • House District 5:  Doug Lamborn (R) - 2nd term
  • House District 6:  Mike Coffman (R) - 1st term
  • House District 7:  Ed Perlmutter (D) - 2nd term
  • Historical Partisan Snapshot


     
      Race 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008

    President Mod R -- Weak R -- Mod D

    Senate
    Class 2 -- Weak R -- -- Strong D
    Class 3 -- -- Weak D -- --

    Governor -- Solid R -- Strong D --

    House 3 GOP
    3 DEM
    5 GOP
    2 DEM
    4 GOP
    3 DEM
    3 GOP
    4 DEM
    2 GOP
    5 DEM
    CD-1 Solid D Solid D Solid D Solid D Solid D
    CD-2 Solid D Solid D Solid D Solid D Solid D
    CD-3 Solid R Solid R Weak D Solid D Solid D
    CD-4 Solid R Strong R Mod R Weak R Strong D
    CD-5 Solid D Solid R Solid R Solid R Solid R
    CD-6 Strong R Solid R Solid R Solid R Solid R
    CD-7 NA Weak R Strong R Strong D Solid D
    BOLD - party turnover
     
    Race ratings:
  • "Weak" - less than 5%
  • "Mod" - 5% to less than 10%
  • "Strong" - 10% to 15%
  • "Solid" - greater than 15%
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    Colorado Race Tracking
    Senate
    Michael Bennet - inc
    vs
    Ken Buck
    Projected Winner
    Governor (open)
    John Hickenlooper
    vs
    Tom Tancredo
    Projected Winner
    House District 3
    John Salazar, Jr. - inc
    vs
    Scott Tipton
    Projected Winner
    House District 4
    Betsy Markey - inc
    vs
    Cory Gardner
    Projected Winner
    House District 7
    Ed Perlmutter - inc
    vs
    Ryan Frazier
    Projected Winner
    Special Thanks To:

    Charlie Cook
    Cook Political


    Congressional Quarterly
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    D.C. Finegold Sachs
    DC's Political Report


    Dave Leip
    U.S. Election Atlas


    David Wissing
    The Hedgehog Report


    Larry Sabato
    Crystal Ball


    Richard & Tony
    The Green Papers


    Rose Institute
    Redistricting in America


    Tom Bevan and John McIntyre
    RealClearPolitics

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