Democrat Donna Lynne launches $100K ad buy in gubernatorial primary


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Donna Lynne hits the airwaves Tuesday with a $100,000 TV ad buy touting the two years she’s served as lieutenant governor and Colorado’s first chief operating officer.

“She would be a great governor,” says Gov. John Hickenlooper in the ad.

The term-limited Democrat appointed Lynne, a former top health care executive, to be his second-in-command in 2016 after the previous lieutenant governor, Joe Garcia, stepped down.

“No attack ads or slogans, just hard work and results,” says the ad, which also features Lynne’s endorsement by the Durango Herald.

The 30-second ad is set to air for one week on broadcast and cable stations in the Denver and Colorado Springs markets, a campaign spokeswoman said.

“We know people are voting and we’re happy to be up on television to get our message out,” Michele Ames, the Lynne campaign’s communications director, told Colorado Politics. “We think voters are really playing attention at this point, and if polls showing a large number of undecideds is correct, we think we are going up at just the right time.”

Lynne, one of four Democrats running in the primary election for Hickenlooper’s job, was on the air briefly a month ago with an ad that depicted her getting the phrase “Fight for Colorado” tattooed on her arm.

The other candidates have been advertising heavily for months, but the on-air campaign has taken an increasingly negative turn in recent weeks as the candidates and independent committees supporting them have spent heavily on attack ads.

The only recent public polling in the race — released last week — showed Lynne in fourth place with just 3 percent support, lagging former state Sen. Mike Johnston’s 9 percent, former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy’s 18 percent and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis’ 31 percent. The survey found 39 percent of likely primary voters still undecided.

Mail ballots went out to Colorado voters last week — including unaffiliated voters, who can cast ballots in either the Democratic or Republican primary for the first time — and are beginning to trickle in. They’re due to county clerks June 26.

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