All eight of Colorado’s congressional districts had primary elections Tuesday, though several were uncontested on either side of the partisan divide. The most compelling races were in the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th districts. Here’s a breakdown of what occurred in each district Tuesday:
1st Congressional District (Denver area)
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette held on to her seat Tuesday night as she defeated a primary challenge from Neal Walia, a Democrat and first-time candidate.
Unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday showed DeGette with 84% of the vote. DeGette, whose district covers the left-leaning Denver area, will face Republican Jennifer Qualteri in the November general election.
Qualteri was the only Republican who ran for her party’s nomination in the race.
DeGette is Colorado’s longest-serving congressperson, having been first elected to her seat in 1997.
2nd Congressional District (North Front Range)
There was little action in the 2nd Congressional District’s primary election Tuesday, with uncontested races on both the Democratic and Republican tickets.
Rep. Joe Neguse, the Democratic incumbent since 2019, will face off against Republican Marshall Dawson, a tech worker who has worked for IBM and now works for Advanced Micro Devices, in November.
The 2nd Congressional District, which includes famously liberal Boulder, has voted reliably Democratic for years. Gov. Jared Polis held Neguse’s seat for a decade before moving into the governor’s mansion.
There are nearly twice as many registered Democrats as Republicans in the district and Dawson will have an uphill battle prevailing against Neguse, who is Colorado’s first African American congressman, this fall.
3rd Congressional District (Western Slope)
U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert appears to have warded off a primary challenge from Republican state Sen. Don Coram for the sprawling Western Slope district, which also covers Pueblo.
Unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s Office showed Boebert, of Silt, with 64.52% of the vote. Boebert, who is running for a second term in Congress, appears likely to face Democratic challenger Adam Frisch in the November general election.
Frisch, a former Aspen City Council member, holds 43.76% of the vote in a three-way race. Sol Sandoval holds 40.3% and Alex Walker holds 15.94%, results at 10 p.m. show.
4th Congressional District (Eastern Plains)
Incumbent Congressman Ken Buck, a Windsor Republican, easily won the Republican nomination for what could be his fifth term, having first taken office in 2015.
The former Weld County district attorney received 75% of the vote, according to unofficial results Tuesday night, while his Republican opponent Robert Lewis received 25%. Lewis has been active in Republican politics in Elbert County and owns a brokerage. He was nominated for the seat by the Colorado GOP at its assembly and convention where he received 62% of the vote.
Buck will now face Democrat Isaac McCorkle in the 4th Congressional District race in November for a seat that is firmly Republican. The district covers most of the Eastern Plains, some of Douglas County, and cities between Greeley and Fort Collins.
5th Congressional District (Colorado Springs area)
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn has fended off challengers from his right to win the GOP nomination for his seat. The Associated Press called the race for Lamborn, who is seeking his ninth term in Congress, just before 8 p.m. Unofficial results show Lamborn with 49.15% of the vote.
He faced a crowded primary that included state Rep. Dave Williams, Andrew Heaton and Rebecca Keltie. Lamborn will face either Michael Colombe or David Torres in November. As of 10 p.m., Torres held 54.40% of the vote.
The district, which covers the Colorado Springs area, is heavily Republican.
Lamborn was one of two Colorado members of Congress to object to certifying President Joe Biden’s election, the other being U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert. Nonetheless, Williams positioned himself to the right of Lamborn, with aims of being a “wrecking ball” in Washington, D.C., according to Colorado Public Radio.
6th Congressional District (Aurora and south Denver metro)
Colorado’s 6th district was a quiet affair Tuesday, with both the Republican and Democratic slates featuring uncontested races.
Rep. Jason Crow, the Democratic incumbent, will face off against Steven Monahan, a 20-year Naval aviator who serves in the Navy reserves, in November.
Crow, himself a former Army Ranger who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, has represented the 6th Congressional District for 3 1/2 years. He defeated Republican Mike Coffman, who now serves as Aurora’s mayor, in 2018 after Coffman held the seat for a decade.
7th Congressional District (Jefferson and Broomfield counties into central Colorado)
Erik Aadland was leading a field of three for the Republican nomination for this congressional district centered on Jefferson County. As of 10 p.m., Aadland had 48% of the vote, to Tim Reichert’s 36% and Laurel Imer’s 16%.
The winner will face state Sen. Brittany Pettersen, a Democrat. This is an open seat to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat. JOHN
8th Congressional District (Commerce City and Thornton into Greeley)
State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer won Tuesday night in the fight for the Republican nomination in Colorado’s first new congressional district in 20 years — Congressional District 8.
Kirkmeyer, a long-time fixture in Weld County politics, had nearly 41% of the vote to 23% for her next closest rival, Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann. Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine had about 20% of the vote while former Army Special Forces Green Beret Tyler Allcorn had nearly 17% as of 10 p.m.
The Associated Press called her the winner shortly after 8 p.m. Kirkmeyer will face state Rep. Yadira Caraveo, a Democrat, in November. Caraveo was unchallenged in the Democratic primary.
Congressional District 8 is Colorado’s newest, created last year to account for the state’s population growth over the last decade. It stretches from the Adams County suburbs north of Denver to Greeley in Weld County, with a little sliver of Larimer County inside its borders as well.
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