Colorado Election Results
November 13, 2018
The blue wave swept across Colorado Tuesday night, with Democrats winning control of every statewide race and the state legislature for the first time since 1936, defeating incumbent Congressman Mike Coffman, and prevailing in many local races. GOP incumbent Secretary of State Wayne Williams lost, while GOP Congressman Scott Tipton retained his seat. All other congressional incumbents won their contests handily. Colorado saw historic voter turnout with over 2.4 million votes cast, with unaffiliated voters leading the charge.
Voters were in a no mood on tax increases and controversial ballot measures. The Setbacks measure, Prop 112, went down by a huge margin, and Amendment 74 to compensate property owners, also lost. The two transportation measures and the education tax hike were also defeated.
The State Senate flipped to Democrat control 19-16, with Republicans losing key races in Adams and Jefferson counties. The State House has become more Democrat as they picked up seats in Jefferson County and Arapahoe County. Several House races are still too close to call, but Democrats likely have at least a 39-26 majority. Arapahoe County was not immune to the wave. Cole Wist, Republican Assistant Minority Leader lost his House seat.
The Colorado General Assembly will see at least 26 new faces in January. There will be 9 Freshman State Senators, but 4 of those 9 previously served in the House. Out of 65 House members, at least 21 will be new. Leadership elections in the House and Senate will take place on Thursday.
Final election results will be certified on December 5 th .
(winners in bold, incumbent in italics)
Jared Polis (D) 51.59
Walker Stapleton (R) 44.96
Phil Weiser (D) 49.67
George Brauchler (R) 47.48
Secretary of State
Jenna Griswold (D) 50.87
Wayne Williams (R) 46.80
Dave Young (D) 50.57
Brian Watson (R) 46.88
6 th Congressional District
Jason Crow (D) 53.12
Mike Coffman (R) 44.24
3 rd Congressional District
Diane Mitsch Busch (D) 43.33
Scott Tipton (R) 51.96
Colorado State Senate
Colorado State House – several races still too close to call/potential recount
DEM 37 (likely)
- Prop 112 “Oil and Gas Setbacks”
- Amendment 74 “Compensate Landowners”
- Amendment A “Ban Slavery”
- Amendment V “21 year-olds run for state legislature”
- Amendment W “Judicial Retention”
- Amendment X “Industrial Hemp”
- Amendment Y “Congressional Reapportionment”
- Amendment Z “Legislative Redistricting”
- Amendment 73 “Tax Increase for Education”
- Amendment 75 “Campaign Finance- Millionaires Rule”
- Prop 109 “Bonding for Transportation”
- Prop 110 “Increase Taxes for Transportation”
- Prop 111 “Payday Lending”
Written by: Jerry Braden