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COLORADO

coloradoPopulation: 5,456,574 (2015)

Filing deadline: April 4, 2016.

Primary: June 28, 2016.

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Colorado (D+1) is a swing state. It is 74% White and 18% Hispanic.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 9. Colo­rado is a swing state in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 1 Democrat and one and 1 Republican.

Cory Gardner. (Pic: Congress)

Cory Gardner. (Pic: Congress)

Senator Class 2: Cory Gardner (R)
Committees: Commerce, Environment, Foreign Relations, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeCory Gardner

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2020.

Status, May 20, 2016:
Lawyer, State Representative and former Congressman Cory Gardner (b.1974), beat an incumbent Democrat in 2014 med 48%.

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Michael Bennet. (Pic: Congress)

Michael Bennet. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Michael Bennet (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Finance, Health & Education.

Democratic nominee: Michael Bennet
Republican nominee: Darryl Glenn

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2020.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
Former leader of the Denver school system, Michael Bennet (b.1964) was first appointed to the seat in 2009. He won with 48% in 2009 and was seen as potentially vulnerable in 2016. The GOP nominated County Commissioner Darryl Glenn (who won the clear support of the GOP State Convention), and all subsequent polling has shown this race to be non-competitive.

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Representatives: 7 Representatives; 3 Democrats and 4 Republicans.

Diana DeGette. (Pic: Congress)

Diana DeGette. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Diana DeGette (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Diana DeGette
Republican nomineeCasper Stockham

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+18) covers central areas of the state, including most of Denver. It is 60% White, 10% Black and 25% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Rep. Diana DeGette (b.1957) was first elected in 1996 and took 66% in 2014. The GOP is running businessman Casper Stockham.

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Jared Polis. (Pic: Congress)

Jared Polis. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Jared Polis (D)
Committees: Education, Rules.

Democratic nominee: Jared Polis
Republican nomineeNick Morse

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 3, 2016:
The district (D+8) contains areas north and west of Denver. It is 87% White and 8% Hispanic. Internet entrepreneur Jared Polis (b.1975) was first elected in 2008 and took 57% in 2014. The GOP is running marketing executive Nic Morse.

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Scott Tipton. (Pic: Congress)

Scott Tipton. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Scott Tipton (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeGail Schwartz
Republican nominee: Scott Tipton

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (R+5) contains the sparsely populated western half of the state and is 75% White and 20% Hispanic. Businessman and State Representative Scott Tipton (b.1956) was first elected in 2010 and took 58% in 2014. The Dems are running former State Senator Gail Schwartz.

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Ken Buck. (Pic: Congress)

Ken Buck. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Ken Buck (R)
Committees: Judiciary, Oversight.

Democratic nomineeBob Seay
Republican nomineeKen Buck

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 3, 2016:
The district (R+11) contains almost the eastern half of the state and is 77% White and 18% Hispanic. Former District Attorney Ken Buck (b.1959) held it with 65% in 2014. The Dems are running music teacher Bob Seay.

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Doug Lamborn. (Pic: Congress)

Doug Lamborn. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Douglas Lamborn (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Veterans, Natural Resources.

Democratic nomineeMisty Plowright
Republican nominee: Douglas Lam­born

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (R+13) covers central parts south of Denver, including Colorado Springs. It is 77% White and 12% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Senator Douglas Lamborn (b.1954) was first elected in 2006 and took 60% in 2014. The Dems nominated transgender activist and IT systems engineer Misty Plowright.

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Mike Coffman. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Coffman. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Mike Coffman (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Veterans.

Democratic nomineeMorgan Carroll
Republican nominee: Mike Coffman

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, June 3, 2016:
The district (D+1) covers suburbs east and north of Denver. It is 67% White, 8% Black and 17% Hispanic. Former State Senator, State Treasurer and SoS Mike Coffman (b.1955) was first elected in 2008 and took 52% in 2014. The Dems are running lawyer and State Senate Minority Leader Morgan Carroll.

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Ed Perlmutter. (Pic: Congress)

Ed Perlmutter. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: Ed Perlmutter (D)
Committees: Science, Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: Ed Perlm­utter
Republican nomineeGeorge Athanasopoulos

Rating, May 20, 2016: Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 3, 2016: The district (D+5) covers suburbs to the west and north of Denver and is 71% White and 22% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Senator Ed Perlmutter (b.1953) was first elected in 2006 and took 55% in 2014. The GOP is running veteran and activist George Athanasopoulos.

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STATE LEVEL

John Hickenlooper. (Pic: State of CO)

John Hickenlooper. (Pic: State of CO)

Governor: John Hick­en­looper (D)

Democratic nominee: John Hick­en­looper
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 20, 2016:
Geologist, businessman and Denver Mayor John Hick­en­looper (b.1952) was first elected in 2010 and took 49% in 2014. He is term limited.

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Donna Lynne. (Pic: State of CO)

Donna Lynne. (Pic: State of CO)

Lieutenant Governor: Donna Lynne (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 20, 2016:
The LG is chosen by the gubernatorial nominee and elected on the same ticket. LG Joe Garcia resigned to take a job in the education sector and was replaced by health executive Donna Lynne.

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Wayne Williams. (Pic: State of CO)

Wayne Williams. (Pic: State of CO)

Secretary of State: Wayne Williams (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeWayne Williams

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 20, 2016:
The GOP barely held the office in 2014 with lawyer Wayne Williams, who got 47%.

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Walker Stapleton. (Pic: State of CO)

Walker Stapleton. (Pic: State of CO)

Treasurer­: Walker Stapleton (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Walker Stapleton

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 20, 2016:
Businessman Walker Stapleton (b.1974) was first elected in 2010 and took 50% in 2014. He is term limited.

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Cynthia Coffman. (Pic: State of CO)

Cynthia Coffman. (Pic: State of CO)

Attorney General: Cynthia Coffman (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nomineeCynthia Coffman

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 20, 2016:
Lawyer Cynthia Coffman, who is married to Mike Coffman in the 6th district, took 51% in 2014.

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State Senate: 35 (17D / 18R). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/18.
State House: 65 (34D / 31R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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