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Lauren Boebert narrowly wins reelection in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District after Adam Frisch concedes

Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert won reelection in Colorado’s GOP-leaning 3rd Congressional District on Friday,  barely overcoming voters’ forceful rebuke of her highly controversial tenure in Washington over the past two years to help her party expand its slim majority in the U.S. House.

Boebert was leading Democrat Adam Frisch, a former Aspen city councilman, by 551 votes on Friday morning when Frisch conceded in a video news conference with reporters. The contest will have one of the closest margins of any congressional race in the U.S. this year, if not the closest. 

Frisch said in a call with reporters that he wasn’t asking for the mandatory recount paid for by the state that he’s entitled to under Colorado law, but that he supports the recount “to ensure continued faith and the security of our elections.” 

If it does occur — Frisch can waive his right to the recount, which must be completed by Dec. 13 — it’s highly unlikely to make a significant dent in the margin between the two candidates.

Read more on The Colorado Sun.

How blue is Colorado? Exit poll finds top GOP nominees never stood a chance with voters

Colorado Democrats won over just about every demographic group they could in their sweeping victory in last week’s election, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Unaffiliated voters? Gov. Jared Polis won them by a 33-percentage-point margin over Heidi Ganahl, his Republican challenger. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet won them by 25 percentage points over GOP rival Joe O’Dea.

Suburban women? Polis won them by 36 percentage points, while Bennet won them by 31 percentage points.

Overall, The Mountaineer Research exit poll of voters who participated in the Nov. 8 election found Ganahl and O’Dea never stood a chance among a statewide electorate that’s increasingly turned off by Republican politics: Only 42% of voters said they ever even considered voting for Ganahl, and 45% for O’Dea.

Both ended up losing to the Democratic incumbents by wide margins. In the Senate race, the latest election results from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office had Bennet winning nearly 56% of the vote to O’Dea’s 41%. In the governor’s race, Polis was winning with nearly 59% to Ganahl’s 39% — a margin of more than 19 percentage points that was remarkably larger than Polis’ 10.6-percentage-point win four years ago.

The poll was conducted by two Democratic groups, the well-regarded polling firm Global Strategy Group and advocacy organization ProgressNow Colorado. Their earlier pre-election poll was among the most accurate in Colorado compared to the election results.

Read more via The Denver Post.

With U.S. House control potentially hinging on Lauren Boebert’s race, national GOP and Democrats deploy to Colorado

National Democratic and Republican groups have deployed to Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District to help find voters whose ballots need “curing” as control of the U.S. House could potentially hinge on the outcome of the race between Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert and Democrat Adam Frisch, a former Aspen city councilman. 

Boebert, who is seeking reelection to her second two-year term, was leading Frisch by about 1,100 votes, or less than 1 percentage point, on Monday morning. A smattering of votes will be counted through Friday and it’s unlikely the race will be called until the end of the week — at the earliest. 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic U.S. House campaign arm, has staff on the ground in Colorado, as does the Republican National Committee. 

The groups are trying to help the potentially thousands of voters in the 3rd District whose ballots were rejected because of signature discrepancies. The voters have until Wednesday to fix those errors, through a process known as curing.

It’s unclear Monday exactly how many ballots were rejected in the 3rd District and how many are eligible to be or already have been cured. Party officials and volunteers can try to track down voters whose ballots need to be cured to inform them of deadlines and help them address any issues.

Read more via the Colorado Sun.

Frisch hopes campaign strategy yields more than just moral victory in effort to beat Boebert

Voters in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District should have a clearer idea by Friday of who will be their next representative in Washington, but Aspen candidate Adam Frisch said his showing so far illustrates a willingness by conservatives to vote blue in today’s political environment.

As the three-day Veterans Day weekend came to a close Sunday, Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Silt, led Frisch by 1,122 votes. The first-term congresswoman had 162,040 votes to Frisch’s 160,918 votes, giving her an advantage of 50.17% to Frisch’s 49.83%, according to the Colorado secretary of state’s website.

An automatic recount would be triggered if the margin of votes separating Boebert and Frisch were within half of a percentage point of the frontrunner’s vote total. As the frontrunner, Boebert had 1,122 more votes than Frisch, which exceeds the .05% threshold. It would take 810 votes to come within .05% Boebert’s current vote total.

Since announcing his candidacy in February, Frisch has been trying to shed the Aspen stereotype of being a detached, wealthy liberal unable to connect or identify with the blue-collar voters living in the sprawling district of ranching communities and oil and gas development. Frisch stumped in the district’s two biggest population centers — Mesa County on the Western Slope and Pueblo County in southern Colorado — and the locales in between.

“I went on the road hard in the primary because I know I needed to get over the Aspen mountain town thing,” said Frisch, who survived the June primary election with 25,750 votes to runner-up Sol Sandoval, who garnered 25,460 votes. Democrat Alex Walker finished third in the primary 9,507 votes. “It was a little bit about people assuming I’m liberal, but more about ‘how can someone in a mountain town connect with me in Pueblo’ or the rancher in Rangely. I knew if I could get in front of people, I could gain their choice.”

His campaign blueprint was to run as a moderate, fiscally conservative Democrat and meet with voters who cast their ballots for Boebert in 2020 but “were tired of the circus,” Frisch said, noting the incumbent’s flame-throwing rhetoric was wearing thin in the 27-county district.

“I think having this conservative Democrat, pro-business, pro-domestic energy, that that story allowed me to earn some votes from some people that probably were going to either stay home or under-vote with her, but they were going to take a chance or opportunity on me because they liked what they heard,” he said.

Boebert had Donald Trump’s endorsement in her June primary election, has been steadfastly against abortion, and has been part of the MAGA movement that was predicted to roll in Tuesday’s mid-terms.

Boebert tweeted Friday: “Told you all year, the Left would do everything that they possibly could to get rid of me. As this race comes down to every last vote, I need you to help us ensure we have the resources to finish what we started!”

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Silt, held a razor-thin lead over Democratic challenger Adam Frisch of Aspen.
The Associated Press

MAGA candidates for the most part did not meet their expectations — from Trump pick Dr. Mehmet Oz falling to John Fetterman in the Senate contest in Pennsylvania to Democrat Hillary Scholten defeating the Trump-endorsed John Gibbs in a congressional race in Michigan.

Frisch felt Boebert was vulnerable as well.

“One, she was electorally weak,” Frisch said. “Two, we had to work incredibly hard and run a very, very good campaign. And three, the person who runs against the MAGA candidate must be able to convince some of those people … and they’re out there. But no matter how you work, if these candidates can’t connect with some subset of the assumed normal Republican voters or the unaffiliated on the right, you can’t get them.

“Did I connect enough? We’ll find out Friday.”

Big deadlines this week

Two key deadlines loom this week. Wednesday is the deadline for voters to “cure” rejected ballots. Ballots from military and overseas voters that were postmarked by 7 p.m. Nov. 8 are also due to county clerks Wednesday. Clerks are supposed to have all of their ballots counted by Friday.

The Pitkin County Clerk & Recorder’s Office said last week there are 132 ballots from Pitkin County voters that need to be decided. The office said it had mailed letters with the undecided ballots that were rejected by teams of election judges for reasons that could include signature discrepancy, identification required, or an envelope that was not signed.

Voters can also visit the secretary of state’s website to check their vote status.

“I’m cool, collected and calm and I’m sleeping,” Frisch said. “There are probably 100 million people that are focused on this race, but the picture is we’re down about by 1,000.”

According to The Associated Press, 99% of the votes had been counted.

Counties have until Nov. 29 to file their election audit with the state and until Nov. 30 to submit their canvas reports, which cover the number of votes tallied, rejected, cured, and disqualified.

In the event of an automatic recount, the results would be due until Dec. 13, according to the Colorado secretary of state’s election calendar. Without an automatic recount, candidates could launch their own but would need to pay for it. Candidate recounts would need to finished by Dec. 15.

“We have this moral victory, but we’re just trying make it a win-win, not just a moral win,” Frisch said.

Congressional District 3 voters, election analysts on why Boebert and Frisch race is so tight

Many eyes across the nation have, for the past three days now, kept keen watch on Colorado’s high-profile Congressional District 3 race between Republican incumbent Lauren Boebert and Democratic challenger Adam Frisch.

After Frisch was leading since the first batches of votes were tallied Tuesday evening, Thursday morning saw the hard-right Republican overcome his tenuous 64-vote lead. 

UPDATE: As of 5 p.m. Friday, Boebert had 162,040 votes over Frisch’s 160,918, for a 50.2% to 49.8% margin. An automatic recount will be triggered if they remain within one half a percent of each other.

No matter who wins, this year’s CD3 election is still a lot narrower compared to 2020, when Boebert beat Routt County Democrat Dianne Mitch Busch 220,634 votes to 194,122.

Local voters from Rifle and Silt, as well as pollsters, say there’s a number of reasons behind this year’s shift. Some say they were tired of Boebert’s polarizing rhetoric. Others say they still voted against Frisch because he represents the Aspen elite.

Colorado Latino organizations also say the Latino electorate, a demographic that votes Democratic by a 2-1 margin according to pollsters, were more galvanized to vote this election season.

In an exit poll conference Thursday, Voces Unidas de Las Montanas Executive Director Alex Sanchez said it’s clear these margins throughout Colorado had an effect on election outcomes across the state.

“I think there’s no doubt in my mind that it had an impact,” he said. “That’s why we’re seeing such a tight race in CD3.”

Geneve Kashnig, 44, is a New Castle bartender and a Silt resident. The typically conservative-leaning CD3 constituent said she has now voted for Boebert the past two election cycles. But, Kashnig suspects Boebert’s subdued showing at the polls this year is because she didn’t focus more of her attention on affecting local issues, as opposed to more big ticket items like border security and anti-trans bills.

Aspen’s Adam Frisch, running against incumbent Lauren Boebert in Colorado District 3, talks to his supporters at a watch party at Belly Up Aspen on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Aspen.
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times

“I think that Lauren is very visible, and she’s very strong, and I agree with a lot of what she says,” Kashnig said. “I wish she could have used her position in office to attack and execute issues that were more attainable than the impeachment of (President) Biden.

“I really like that she says freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom. Until she says if I get pregnant, I don’t have any options but to raise a child that I am absolutely incapable of raising.”

Boebert’s time in the U.S. Congress has so far seen her introduce 39 pieces of legislation. Locally, she’s backed bills on wildland fire mitigation efforts and water conservation.

But, Kashnig said she likes how Frisch is a former Aspen City Council member who has political experience, as opposed to Boebert, who made her name as a controversial restaurant owner. Boebert’s former downtown Rifle restaurant, Shooters Grill, used to serve food with servers open carrying firearms.

“(Frisch) didn’t walk off the street serving fat, juicy bacon,” Kashnig said. “But, Aspen is like la-la land, and nobody actually lives there.

“They have pushed us — raise taxes, raise taxes, make it harder, so that the worker has to live in Parachute or Rifle or Silt.”

Brett Jolly is a well-known Garfield County rancher who also voted for Boebert. He said he values Republican advocacy for securing borders and trying to curtail inflation, saying, “If we lose the House, that’s two more years of high food prices and high gas prices.

“Rest assured that if Adam wins, he’ll be 100% with the Democrats,” Jolly said. “If Lauren wins, she’ll side 100% with the Republicans.

“Depending on how things go, I’d like to see somebody figure out what we’re going to do with the water situation in the West.”

Rifle residents Don Locke, 76, and Craig Chesesi, 71, did not vote for Boebert in the general election. Both are local business owners and, at one point, shared the same downtown street with Boebert and Shooters. 

Locke also pointed out that local voters perhaps wanted to see more emphasis on local issues, like fixing infrastructure. Boebert, of course, voted against Biden’s infrastructure bill.

Chesesi said the CD3 race is so tight because district voters — especially in relation to Boebert’s home base of Garfield County, which she actually lost this year, as she did in 2020 — have started to repudiate themselves from her.

“The GOP party controls District 3, yet (Boebert) was losing in the election?” Chesesi said. “Do you think it is because all of a sudden these people turned blue? Or, do you think, like I do, that they’ve lost what I refer to as Forrest Gump syndrome — ‘stupid is as stupid does.’

“They don’t want to be stupid anymore. They want someone who actually wants to represent their constituents.”

What to expect as the final votes are tallied in the razor-thin race between Lauren Boebert and Adam Frisch

County clerks in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District are still counting ballots in the tight race between Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert and her Democratic challenger, former Aspen City Councilman Adam Frisch. 

Boebert was leading Frisch by 1,229 votes — or less than 1 percentage point — as of 4:23 p.m. Thursday.

Matt Crane, who leads the nonpartisan Colorado County Clerks Association, said he expects clerks in the district, which spans the Western Slope into Pueblo and southeast Colorado, to finish counting regular ballots as soon as Wednesday evening. It’s possible the count stretches into Thursday morning. 

Crane said there were fewer than 5,000 uncounted ballots in Mesa County as of 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Gilbert Ortiz, the Pueblo County clerk, said at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday his office still had about 6,000 ballots to count. (Eagle County Treasurer Teak Simonton, a former clerk and recorder, is supervising Pueblo County’s election. She was appointed by Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold because of errors by Ortiz’s office during past primary and general elections.)

Ortiz, a Democrat, is working with a team of exhausted election judges, many of whom worked 18 hours on Tuesday. He said some are leaving as the day goes on, making it difficult to predict exactly when the counting will be finished.

Read more via The Colorado Sun.

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Election Day 2022: Live results for Eagle County

UPDATE: Democrat Meghan Lukens wins race for Colorado House District 26, Wolfson concedes

Democrat Meghan Lukens will represent Northwest Colorado in Colorado House District 26, after Republican opponent Savannah Wolfson conceded the race at about 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

The first-time candidate ran up leads in Routt and Eagle counties, larger than the margins her Republican opponent Savannah Wolfson was gaining in Rio Blanco and Moffat counties. Lukens was leading the race 18,940 to 15,779 votes late Tuesday, a lead of more than 3,100 votes.

Earlier in the night, Lukens said she was feeling optimistic about the race.

“I hope to advocate for the wonderful, hard-working people in the state legislature to really get results for all of us,” Lukens said.

Lukens, a teacher at Steamboat Springs High School who grew up in Steamboat, focused her campaign around what she called the “three Es” — education, the environment and the economy.

Lukens said she thought her message was resonating with voters, in addition to her being pro-choice in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade earlier this year.

“Folks want to send a local teacher to the state legislature,” Lukens said. “I think also electing a pro-choice candidate is important, as that’s what I was hearing time and time again.”

Wolfson, a mom from Oak Creek, focused much or her campaign on affordability in the largely rural district, a strategy that she credited for helping her win the Republican Primary in June. Wolfson had gained more than 80% of the vote in both of the district’s western counties.

“We had a solid volunteer team who texted, door knocked, made calls and wrote over 6,000 postcards, Wolfson said in a text to Steamboat Pilot & Today at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. “I wore out three pairs of shoes door knocking and made more than 23,000 individual phone calls. Clearly, there was nothing more that could be done.”

“I wish Meghan well and concede the race to her,” Wolfson continued.

The race was expected to be one of the closest in the state since new state legislative maps were drawn in October 2021. Through that process, an independent redistricting commission added Republican-dominated Moffat and Rio Blanco counties to the district and cut parts of Eagle County in the Roaring Fork Valley out of the district.

Based on eight statewide elections, the commission used to gauge competitiveness, the new district leaned slightly toward Democrats by just over two percentage points. A key focus for candidates has been courting unaffiliated voters, who make up a significant number of voters in the district.

In Routt County, where both candidates are from, Lukens was nearly doubling up Wolfson’s vote total, leading 8,148 votes to 4,214 as of 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.

“That makes me happy just to have such amazing support,” Lukens said. “This is the town, the county, that I grew up in, live in, and work in and I love this community so much.”

Colorado ballot issues roundup: Voters favor property tax extension and healthy school lunches, split on magic mushrooms, changes to liquor laws

Amendment D (Judges in new 23rd Judicial District)

Early election results Tuesday showed Coloradans voting in favor of a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would allow seven judges to move from one Front Range judicial district to a neighboring district.

About 68% of votes tallied by 9 p.m. Tuesday were in favor of the amendment, with about 32% voting against, according to unofficial results from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

If approved by 55% of voters statewide, the amendment creates a one-time exception to the constitutional process of appointing judges in order to let seven judges who are currently working in the 18th Judicial District keep their jobs and continue working when the district is split in two in 2025. – The Denver Post

Amendment E (Property tax extension for qualifying seniors and disabled vets)

Colorado voters showed strong support Tuesday for a proposed amendment to the state’s Constitution that would extend an existing property tax exemption to the spouses of servicemembers who died in the line of duty or from a service-related injury or illness.

About 88% of the votes tallied by 9 p.m. Tuesday were in favor of the amendment, with about 12% voting against, according to unofficial results from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. About a 1.5 million votes had been tallied by 9 p.m.

If approved by 55% of voters statewide, the constitutional amendment would exempt Gold Star spouses from 50% of property taxes on the first $200,000 of a qualifying resident’s home value. A home valued at $150,000, for example, would be taxed as if it were worth $75,000 under the exemption.

According to the state blue book, approximately 490 Coloradans would become eligible for the exemption next year should it be extended. – The Denver Post

Amendment F (Charitable gaming activities)

So far, voters in Colorado aren’t in favor of Amendment F, a measure that opens up bingo and raffle games for charitable purposes to newer nonprofits.

More voters are against the initiative, with 61% of the votes — or 890,403 votes — at 8:34 p.m. MST, according to unofficial results posted on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

Nonprofits must operate for five years before they can apply for bingo-raffle licenses of their own. With the measure in place, that time frame would shrink to three years — with the added ability to pay an employee working the game up to minimum wage. — The Denver Post

Proposition FF (Healthy school lunches)

Colorado voters are in favor of Proposition FF so far, which would provide the state’s students with free school meals — no matter their families’ incomes. With tax deduction limits in place, the price tag would fall on wealthy Coloradans.

About 55% of voters back the measure, with 870,388 votes, as of 9:01 p.m. MST, according to unofficial results on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

The initiative would establish and fund the Healthy School Meals for All Program. It would boost taxes for households with incomes higher than $300,000 by curbing state income tax deductions. The move would impact about 114,000 joint and single-filer tax returns, or about 5% of those filed in Colorado. – The Denver Post

Proposition GG (Decease state income tax rates)

Proposition GG, which sought to place more detailed tax information tables directly on petitions and ballots for citizen-initiated measures, maintained a solid lead and is expected to pass.

There were 1,073,290 votes in favor of the measure and 443,046 against as of 8:45 p.m.  Democrats in the Colorado legislature referred the measure via the passage of Senate Bill 222, which Republicans opposed. Supporters went that route because Gov. Jared Polis has voiced opposition to legislative measures that would change ballot language on citizens’ initiatives.

The measure had no impact on tax rates and the information was already calculated and reported in the state’s ballot book. What it sought was to include that tax table with any measures that changed tax rates. Before and after changes in average taxes across eight different income brackets were shown. – The Denver Post

Proposition 121 (Reducing state income tax to 4.4%)

A measure to cut Colorado’s state income tax rate from 4.55% to 4.4% for both individuals and corporations starting with the 2022 tax year was coasting to victory by a nearly two-to-one margin Tuesday night.

Colorado Proposition 121 had received 1,020,451 votes for and 545,697 against as of 9:10 p.m. It follows a 2020 ballot measure that cut the state income tax rate from 4.63% to 4.55%.

The measure will reduce the money the state collected for its general fund by $412.6 million in the budget year 2023-2024, which represents a 2.4% reduction to the general fund. About 68.4% of the general fund last year came from the $10.7 billion the state collected in income taxes. – The Denver Post

Proposition 122 (Magic mushrooms)

Colorado voters were split on a measure to legalize medicinal psychedelics while ballots were still being counted Tuesday night.

Proposition 122, Access to Natural Psychedelic Substances, was supported Tuesday with about 51% of the vote as of 9:19 p.m., according to polling tallies. That’s with about 44% of votes tallied, according to the Secretary of State, making the vote too close to call by press time.

The measure seeks to legalize psilocybin and psilocin, two compounds found in “magic mushrooms,” for use in therapeutic settings and pave the way for the establishment of “healing centers” where adults 21 years old and up can use the substances under the supervision of licensed professionals.

Additionally, Proposition 122 would decriminalize the personal growing, use and sharing of psilocybin and psilocin, as well as ibogaine, mescaline and dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, for adults. – The Denver Post

Proposition 123 (Earmark state tax revenue surplus for affordable housing)

A ballot measure to redirect 0.1% of state income tax revenues toward a range of affordable housing efforts maintained a small lead Tuesday night but has seen its margin of support shrink as more votes are counted.

Proposition 123, a citizens’ initiative, had 780,297 votes in favor and 751,985 opposed, which works out to 51% for and 49% against as of 8:42 p.m. The proposal seeks to generate $145 million in the 2022-23 state budget and $290 million in the following year to provide funding for downpayment assistance, homelessness prevention, and eviction defense as well as to support land purchases for affordable housing developments. Tenants in those taxpayer-funded projects would receive a share of the profits coming from the development. – The Denver Post

Proposition 124 (More liquor licenses for retail liquor stores)

A statewide measure to allow Colorado liquor license holders the ability to expand the number of storefronts they can operate was trailing Tuesday night after the initial batches of vote were counted.

More than 1.1 million votes had been tabulated as of 8 p.m. — with 61% of voters rejecting Proposition 124, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Nearly 39% of ballots have been cast favoring the measure.

Current law says stores can have three locations. Proposition 124 would expand that to eight by 2026 and eventually end the limit altogether in 2037. – The Denver Post

Proposition 125 (Wine in liquor stores)

A vote to allow Colorado grocery and convenience stores the ability to sell wine was nearly even as the state counted ballots Tuesday evening.

Those in favor of Proposition 125 accounted for 50.1% of the more than 1.1 million votes counted as of 7:56 p.m., according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Voters deciding against the measure accounted for 49.90%.

Under Proposition 125, any store that already can sell beer (or other malt beverages such as hard seltzer or lemonade) would be allowed in March to start selling wine. That would mean grocery stores such as King Soopers and Safeway — which can only sell beer now — would be able to stock their shelves with whites, reds and rosés.

Colorado law currently only permits stores with a broader liquor license to sell wine and other vinous liquors (wine coolers, sake, cider and mead). – The Denver Post

Proposition 126 (Third-party delivery of alcohol sales)

Proposition 126, which would amend the Colorado Liquor Code to allow home alcohol delivery from third-party services, was leading by nearly 100,000 votes as of 9:30 p.m.

“The delivery has to be from a licensed retailer, and the driver must be at least 21, but it could arrive on your doorstep through a third-party service like Grubhub,” 9 News reports. “It also would make permanent the current ability — set to expire in 2025 — for bars and restaurants to sell takeout and delivery alcoholic beverages.”

The effort saw opposition from a group of stand-alone liquor stores which said they would be crippled by the legislation.

A late tally of votes saw 870,052 voters in favor of the legislation and 772,993 against.

State offices: Griswold, Weiser claim wins, Treasurer and State Board of Education at large races still undecided

SECRETARY OF STATE

Colorado Secretary of State candidate Jena Griswold, the incumbent Democrat, claimed victory just before 9 p.m. Tuesday at a Colorado Democratic Party election night watch party.

As of 9 p.m., Griswold had 55% (884,464) of the vote to Republican Pam Anderson’s 42.6% (683,720). Anderson called Griswold to concede the race.

“I think Colorado understands the risks to democracy we’re seeing across the nation,” Griswold told The Denver Post.

And, she said, they saw Griswold’s focus on expanding voter access and accomplishing what she said she would when she first ran for office, including proactively securing the state’s election infrastructure. — The Denver Post

TREASURER

As of 10 p.m., the Colorado Secretary of State’s website reports incumbent treasurer Dave Young, a Democrat, leading Republican challenger Lang Sias, 889,930 votes to 722,933.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Democratic Attorney General Phil Weiser won a second term on Tuesday by defeating Republican John Kellner, the top prosecutor in the 18th Judicial District.

Kellner conceded at about 9 p.m. when Weiser was leading with 55% of the vote to Kellner’s 43%.

“I wished (Weiser) the best of luck, because his success is the success of our state as well,” Kellner said in a speech at the Colorado GOP watch party in Greenwood Village.

Kellner said he felt like his campaign highlighted the crime issues facing Colorado and prompted Democratic Gov. Jared Polis to push for a chance to the state’s auto-theft laws. — The Colorado Sun

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AT LARGE

As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Democrat Kathy Plomer had 889,930 votes to Republican Dan Maloit’s 722,755.