Blue wave strong in Colorado 

click to enlarge Jared Polis - COURTESY JARED POLIS CAMPAIGN
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  • Jared Polis

On the national stage, Democrats' blue wave took the House, but failed to capture the Senate, losing seats to Republican challengers. Colorado contributed to the Democratic take over of the House with Democrat Jason Crow beating hardy Republican incumbent Mike Coffman in Congressional District 6.

The news was even better for Dems in Colorado, where Democrat Jared Polis became the state's first gay and first Jewish governor, and Democrats expanded their majority in the Colorado House and gained a majority in the Colorado Senate.

The Dems also captured other statewide offices with Jena Griswold winning the race for Secretary of State  against incumbent Republican (and El Paso County local) Wayne Williams. Democrat Dave Young took the Treasurer's office, and Dem Phil Weiser beat Republican George Brauchler in the Attorney General race. 
click to enlarge Stephany Rose Spaulding at the Gold Room on election night. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Stephany Rose Spaulding at the Gold Room on election night.

As would be expected, the blue wave wasn't able to capture safe Republican seats in red El Paso County. Doug Lamborn easily defended his Fifth Congressional District seat from a challenge by Democrat Stephany Rose Spaulding.
click to enlarge Doug Lamborn on election night. - FAITH MILLER
  • Faith Miller
  • Doug Lamborn on election night.

At a party at the Colorado Springs Country Club on election night, Lamborn told the crowd he was glad to have survived the blue wave and would work to expand the local military presence.

"I want to see the Space Command here in the Fifth Congressional District at Peterson," he told the crowd.

But the few seats in El Paso County where Democrats can win, or usually do, were taken by progressive candidates. Democrat Pete Lee won his Colorado Senate District 11 seat. (The seat was left vacant by departing Dem Michael Merrifield.) Lee, who took the stage at the Gold Room to rapturous applause, told the crowd, "The one thing I want to say now is thank you women, thank you women."
click to enlarge Pete Lee (left) and Marc Snyder on election night. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Pete Lee (left) and Marc Snyder on election night.

Tony Exum, the Democrat incumbent from Colorado House District 17, was reelected— in spite of the fact that Dems normally lose the seat in midterm elections. Democrat Marc Snyder won Colorado House District 18, Lee's old seat. Republicans retained the other House and Senate seats in the Pikes Peak area.

On a local level, Republicans Holly Williams and Cami Bremer have won seats on the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners, and Republicans also retained control of all El Paso County offices to include sheriff. El Paso County 1A, the Sheriff's Office tax, passed easily.

Voters weren't friendly to most statewide ballot issues (beyond minor legal fixes), though they did approve proposals to change the way districts are drawn for both congressional and state legislative races in an attempt to avoid gerrymandering, as well as a measure to lower the cap on interest rates for predatory payday loans. But Amendment 73, the state education funding tax, was defeated, as was Amendment 74, an oil and gas industry supported measure to make government pay for reductions to property values. Amendment 75, which sought to even the playing field for those who can't self-fund campaigns, failed. Both state transportation funding measures were shot down, as was a measure to increase setbacks for oil and gas operations.

There were reports that some local polling locations had long lines.

“There was enormous participation in this election, with record breaking turnout,” Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman, who just won reelection, stated in a press release. “We greatly appreciate all the voters who participated in our representative democracy’s cherished right to vote and made their voices heard.”

For a full list of El Paso County race results, go here. Statewide and congressional race results can be found here. The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder is still counting ballots and will update at 4 p.m. on Nov. 7.

click to enlarge Republicans at the Colorado Springs Country Club - FAITH MILLER
  • Faith Miller
  • Republicans at the Colorado Springs Country Club

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