Follow along with Colorado Politics' live blog Tuesday evening for Colorado's primary election results. Many are anticipating which Democrat will face U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in November: former Gov. John Hickenlooper or former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. (Gardner's campaign sent out a memo Tuesday with bets on Hickenlooper.)
But other races remain: the primary races for two University of Colorado board of regents seats, and the Democratic primary race to represent Congressional District 1 on the State Board of Education.
10:15 pm: Gov. Jared Polis tweets his support of mail-in voting, using the Colorado primaries as an example:
"Nearly 1.3 million Coloradans voted in our primary elections. 99.8% percent of those votes were cast by mail ballots, either returned by mail or drop boxes.
"Vote by mail works."
9:36 pm: Rep. Scott Tipton concedes to Lauren Boebert after a contentious race. Here are some past Colorado Politics articles on the Rifle restauranteur:
Tipton is "teaming up with AOC and her 'Squad' to give Boulder a bailout," the 30-second ad says, referring to Tipton's co-sponsorship of a coronavirus relief bill that is also supported by Ocasio-Cortez and a group of young, progressive Democrats known as "The Squad."
"How is it safer to walk the aisles of Wal-Mart than to eat a meal at Shooters Grill?" Lauren Boebert told Colorado Politics in a statement.
9:30 pm: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock tweets: "Congratulations to my good friend, and our next Senator, John @Hickenlooper! Taking back this seat for Democrats is critical to taking back the Senate from Mitch McConnell, and John has the record of fighting for Colorado & our strong, progressive values. Now, let's go win this!"
9:25 pm: Gov. Jared Polis tweets: "Our nation needs John @Hickenlooper's leadership more than ever today, and I am proud to enthusiastically endorse and support him for the U.S. Senate."
9:20 pm: Lauren Boebert releases the following statement:
9:10 pm: The University of Colorado board of regents seats resulted in victories for Callie Rennison and Richard Murray.
As of 8 on Tuesday night, the primary races for two University of Colorado board of regents seats appeared to produce clear winners.
Find race results here:
In a year unlike any other, with a truncated General Assembly session, a pandemic, a budget crisis and weeks of protests over racial equality, the 2020 primary season will fit right in.
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner tells Colorado Politics: "Gov. John Hickenlooper wouldn't recognize Senate candidate John Hickenlooper."
"Gov. John Hickenlooper wouldn't recognize Senate candidate John Hickenlooper," U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner told Colorado Politics.
9:07 p.m. A statement from Rep. Scott Tipton: "3rd District Republicans have decided who they want to run against the Democrats this November. I want to congratulate Lauren Boebert and wish her and her supporters well."
8 pm: Lisa Escarcega is set to represent Congressional District 1 on the State Board of Education.
In the Democratic primary race to represent Congressional District 1 on the State Board of Education, Lisa Escárcega was leading with 70% of the vote as of 7:15 p.m. over Donna Morganstern.
Lauren Boebert, a newcomer to politics, roared out to a 19-point lead in western and southern Colorado's Congressional District 3 against incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton of Cortez Tuesday night.
Rifle restaurateur Lauren Boebert, a newcomer to politics, roared out to a 19-point lead in western and southern Colorado's Congressional District 3 against incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton of Cortez Tuesday night.
7:27 pm: AP calls the race for Hickenlooper.
Hickenlooper jumped out to an early 20-point lead over former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff shortly after polls closed at 7 p.m. in the mail-ballot election and never relinquished it. The Associated Press called the race for Hickenlooper at 7:37 p.m.
7:13 pm: For CD 3 Republicans, Lauren Boebert is leading incumbent Scott Tipton with 57.8%. For the Democrats, Diane Mitsch Bush leads James Iacino with 61.27%.
7:10 pm: For the State Board of Education, D1, Lisa Escarcega leads with 71.34%
7:06 pm: Hickenlooper — 56%, Romanoff — 43.8%
To refresh on some background information:
With just weeks to go in a primary that began when the ink on the last election was barely dry, the two Colorado Democrats who have survived are facing off in a contest to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in an election that could determine which party wins control of the Senate.
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper holds a commanding lead over former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff with less than a week to go until votes are counted in Colorado's Democratic U.S. Senate primary, according to a new poll released Thursday by Colorado Politics and 9News.
Three seats on the nine-member University of Colorado board of regents are up for election this November, and there will be primary races in two of them: for Congressional District 2 on the Democratic side and in Congressional District 6 for the Republican candidates. The board oversees university operations and approves the system’s budget.
There are three seats up for election on the seven-member Colorado State Board of Education. One candidate from each party is running in Congressional District 3 and Congressional District 7, while only Congressional District 1 will hold a primary election on the Democratic side.
There were also 18 contested primary races in the statehouse; we asked those candidates for their views; read up on the key matchups here.