Early results in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate put former House speaker Andrew Romanoff eight points behind incumbent Michael Bennet, 54-46 percent, according to the Denver Post. Meanwhile, on the Republican side, Ken Buck and Dan Maes hold identical 51-49 percent leads in the Senate and gubernatorial races, respectively. More than half of Colorado's precincts had reported by 8 p.m.
Romanoff carried Denver County 53-47, but his much-talked-about popularity outside the Front Range corridor hasn't materialized into votes. As of 8 o'clock, he'd taken only six other counties, while Bennet had taken 28. Bennet trounced Romanoff in El Paso County, 58-42 percent.
On the GOP side, the Senate race between Buck and Jane Norton, and the gubernatorial race between Maes and Scott McInnis, appear destined to extend well into the night. And, in fact, perhaps beyond: The Colorado Independent earlier today looked at the role provisional and military ballots could play in close races.