Colorado’s status as a swing state is firmly in place after this year’s elections. In the Colorado Governor’s race, incumbent John Hickenlooper defeated former Congressman Bob Beauprez by 3%, or around 60,000 votes. In the legislative branch, the 2015 General Assembly will convene with a 34-31 Democratic Majority in the House, down from a 37-28 Democratic advantage. An 18 to 17 Republican Majority will hold the majority in the Senate, where the balance of power flipped from an 18 to 17 Democratic advantage. Well-crafted, bi-partisan legislation will be needed to pass both chambers and receive a signature by moderate Democratic Governor Hickenlooper.
In the US Senate Race, Congressman Cory Gardner defeated Senator Mark Udall by just over 2%, or around 43,000 votes. Colorado will be represented in the US Senate in the coming years by Michael Bennett (D) and Cory Gardner (R). Incumbents held their seats in the US Congressional races, with Diana DeGette (D) in Congressional District 1, Jared Polis (D) CD2, Scott Tipton (R) CD3, Doug Lamborn (R) CD5, Mike Coffman (R) CD6, and Ed Perlmutter (D) CD7 all returning to their seats with comfortable margins, and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck (R) replacing Gardner in CD4, covering the eastern plains and northern front range.
In the statewide constitutional races, CO Secretary of State (Wayne Williams), Attorney General (Cynthia Coffman), and Treasurer (Walker Stapleton) all remain in Republican Hands. Additionally, Amendments 67 (Personhood) and 68 (Expanded Gaming) and Proposition 105 (GMO-Labeling) all failed, while Proposition 104 (Sunshine in School Negotiations) passed.