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Conservative Ranking


Colorado is the 27th most conservative state, voting 2.2% more Republican in the 2004 presidential elections than the national average.

Partisan Trend


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

GOP Trend Ranking


Colorado ranks 41st among the 50 states.
 
Presidential Race

Race for the White House


GOP Candidates
  • John McCain - U. S. Senator from Arizona  
  • Mike Huckabee - Former Governor of Arkansas
  • Ron Paul - U. S. Congressman from Texas (CD-14)
  • Mitt Romney - Former Governor of Massachusetts
  • Rudy Giuliani - Former Mayor of New York City
  • Fred Thompson - Former U. S. Senator from Tennessee
  • Duncan Hunter - U. S. Congressman from California (CD-52)

    DEM Candidates

  • Barack Obama - U. S. Senator from Illinois  
  • Hillary Clinton - U. S. Senator from New York
  • Mike Gravel - Former U. S. Senator from Alaska
  • John Edwards - Former U. S. Senator from North Carolina
  • Bill Richardson - Governor of New Mexico
  • Dennis Kucinich - U. S. Congressman from Ohio (CD-10)

    Party nominee -

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    Senate Race
    OPEN SEAT:  GOP incumbent Wayne Allard decided against running for 3rd term in 2008.

    GOP Candidates

  • Bob Schaffer - Former U. S. Representative from Colorado  

    DEM Candidates

  • Mark Udall - U. S. Representative from Colorado  
  • Mark Benner - Teacher

    Party nominee -

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    Governor's Race
    No race in 2008
     
    Competitive House Races
    District 4
    Incumbent:  GOP incumbent Marilyn Musgrave is seeking a 4th term in 2008.  She faced no primary opposition.

    GOP Candidates

  • Marilyn Musgrave - Incumbent  

    DEM Candidates

  • Betsy Markey - Congressional Aide  

    Party nominee -

  •  
    Other House Races
    Projected winner listed first
  • District 1:  Dianna Degette (D)-inc vs. George Lilly (R)
  • District 2:  OPEN:  Jared Polis (D) vs. Scott Starin (R)
  • District 3:  John Salazar (D)-inc vs. Wayne Wolf (R)
  • District 5:  Doug Lamborn (R)-inc vs. Hal Bidlack (D)
  • District 6:  OPEN:  Mike Coffman (R) vs. Hank Eng (D)
  • District 7:  Ed Perlmutter (D)-inc vs. John Lerew (R)
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    Additional Information

    Election Timeline


  • February 5, 2008 - Presidential primary
  • May 29, 2008 - Deadline to file for candidacy
  • August 12, 2008 - Primary elections
  • November 4, 2008 - Election day
  • Current Partisan Breakdown


     
    National Delegation
      Senators 1 GOP, 1 DEM
      Representatives 3 GOP, 4 DEM
    State Government
      Governor DEM
      Lt. Governor - tied to Governor DEM
      State Senate - DEM control 15 GOP, 20 DEM
      State House - DEM control 25 GOP, 40 DEM

    Current Office Holders


  • Governor:  Bill Ritter (D) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2010
  • Lt. Governor:  Barbara O'Brien (D) - 1st term, tied to Governor
  • Senior Senator:  Wayne Allard (R) - 2nd term, not seeking re-election in 2008
  • Junior Senator:  Ken Salazar (D) - 1st term, up for re-election in 2010
  • House District 1:  Dianna Degett (D) - 6th term
  • House District 2:  Mark Udall (D) - 5th term (running for Senate)
  • House District 3:  John Salazar (D) - 2nd term
  • House District 4:  Marilyn Musgrave (R) - 3rd term
  • House District 5:  Doug Lamborn (R) - 1st term
  • House District 6:  Tom Tancredo (R) - 4th term (ran for President)
  • House District 7:  Ed Perlmutter (D) - 1st term

    Historical Partisan Snapshot


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      Race 2000 Result 2002 Result 2004 Result 2006 Result

    President Mod GOP -- Weak GOP --

    Senate
    Class 2 -- Weak GOP -- --
    Class 3 -- -- Weak DEM --

    Governor -- Solid GOP -- Strong DEM

    House 3 GOP - 3 DEM 5 GOP - 2 DEM 4 GOP - 3 DEM 3 GOP - 4 DEM
    CD-1 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-2 Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM Solid DEM
    CD-3 Solid GOP Solid GOP Weak DEM Solid DEM
    CD-4 Solid GOP Strong GOP Mod GOP Weak GOP
    CD-5 Solid DEM Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-6 Strong GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP Solid GOP
    CD-7 NA Weak GOP Strong GOP Strong DEM

    BOLD - party turnover
    Party changes not bolded resulted from redistricting before the 2002 election.
    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
    President
    John McCain
    vs
    Barack Obama
    Projected Winner
    Senate (open)
    Bob Schaffer
    vs
    Mark Udall
    Projected Winner
    Governor
    No race
    House District 4
    Marilyn Musgrave - inc
    vs
    Betsy Markey
    Projected Winner
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