John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, kicked incumbent Republican Sen. Corey Gardner's butt on Nov. 3, 55 to 45 percent, claiming a seat in the U.S. Senate where he'll serve in the minority party. Democrats failed to flip the Senate as they'd hoped. (Gardner won in El Paso County, 55 to 42.)

Likewise, former Vice President Joe Biden soundly defeated President Donald Trump in Colorado by a 56-42 margin. (Trump won in El Paso County, 52-44.)

In U.S. House races, all Democrats retained their seats by wide margins in the four districts they control: Diana DeGette by 75 percent in District 1; Joe Neguse by 62 percent in District 2; Jason Crow by 58 percent in District 6, and Ed Perlmutter by 59 percent in District 7.

Incumbent Ken Buck in District 4 captured 60 percent, Doug Lamborn in District 5 won by 57 percent, and political newcomer and fringe QAnon conspiracy believer Lauren Boebert edged out a win over Diane Mitsch Bush with 51 percent for the open seat formerly held by Republican Scott Tipton.

Democrats also won all three state Board of Regents seats on the ballot and most district attorney races. In the 4th Judicial District covering El Paso and Teller counties, Michael Allen, a Republican, ran unopposed.

As for statewide ballot measures, voters approved:

• Amendment B, which overturns the Gallagher Amendment that forces mill levies on residential property down over time.

• Amendment C, which involves charitable gaming rules.

• Amendment 76, which requires a voter to be an American citizen.

• Amendment 77, which allows gambling towns to decide whether to increase bet limits.

• Proposition EE, which imposes taxes on vaping products and increases taxes on tobacco products.

• Proposition 113, the National Popular Vote measure that aims to abolish the Electoral College, allowing a presidential candidate to win office without carrying a majority of citizens' votes.

• Proposition 114, which would restore grey wolves in Colorado, which tallied less than 10,000 votes more than those opposed.

• Proposition 116, which reduces the state income tax from 4.55 percent to 4.63 percent. 

• Proposition 117, which requires voter approval of state enterprises of a certain size.

• Proposition 118, which creates a medical family leave program funded with payroll taxes.

Voters defeated Proposition 115, an abortion ban that's failed repeatedly over the years. (El Paso County voters approved it, 52-47.)

Locally, Republicans Larry Liston and Bob Gardner won state senate seats, and Republicans Shane Sandridge, Dave Williams, Andy Pico, Tim Geitner, Terri Carver and Mary Bradfield captured House seats.

Democrats Tony Exum Sr. and Marc Snyder retained their House seats.

Go to this site for complete statewide results.

Once again, the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners will be populated by all Republicans, after Stan VanderWerf and Longinos Gonzalez Jr. retained their seats and Carrie Geitner won in District 2 to replace Mark Waller, who didn't seek another term as he ran unsuccessfully for district attorney.

The city of Colorado Springs won approval, 60-40, to retain excess revenue under the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights collected in 2019, and also to reset the TABOR cap in the future.

Protect Our Parks supporters were jubilant that their measure requiring a vote of the people to convey park land to others won by a margin of 59-41, while the city's competing measure that would have kept those decisions in the hands of City Council also won but by a lesser margin, thereby giving the POPs measure a victory.

Kent Obee, the leader of the group proposing the measure, told supporters in an email, "What this means — and despite all the smoke and mirrors from the other side — is that 2B (and not 2C) is now part of the Colorado Springs city charter and that our parklands have the same degree of voter protection that the majority of other Colorado cities have. This is an immensely gratifying conclusion to four often frustrating years of effort. It is also reaffirmation that our community cares about its parks — regardless of political persuasion."

The issue was triggered by the city's swap of 189 acres of city open space in 2016 to The Broadmoor in exchange for nearly 400 acres of trail easements and wildlands.

City Councilor Wayne Williams sponsored the measure proposing to deny voters a right to vote on park land trades, sales, swaps or other conveyances.

For complete local results, go to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's results site.

Editor's note: This content was updated to include a quote from Kent Obee.

Senior Reporter

Pam Zubeck is a graduate from Emporia State University. She worked at the Tulsa Tribune before coming to Colorado Springs, where she spent 16 years at the Gazette and in 2009 joined Colorado Publishing House.