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It might be the case of Republicans believing too much in their own polls, but Republicans across the state appear stunned by the sweep of Democratic wins. With rare exceptions, the state voted solidly blue; the reasons behind this sweep will be analyzed and reported on in the coming days.

What is fact is that every single major state-level Democrat party candidate on the ballot in Chaffee County made a visit to the county over the past few months, and some visited more than once.

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet at a Salida campaign appearance Oct. 29. Photo by Jan Wondra.

“We have to give people a sense of economic opportunity again,” said U.S. Senator Michael Bennet last night, who with  54.9 percent of the vote was the projected winner. “When people lose the sense of opportunity for themselves and their families, that is when someone shows up and says ‘I alone can fix it’. That is the dark vision that Trump won on … and tonight Colorado is rejecting that.”

Bennet beat out Republican Joe O’Dea for a third term, and Seventh Congressional District Democrat Brittany Pettersen won against her Republican opponent Erik Aadland. Democrats have maintained a commanding control of both the Colorado House and Senate.

All four Colorado state Constitutional officers — all Democrats–were returned to office: Governor Jared Polis and Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera easily won reelection against Republican Heidi Ganahl. Secretary of State Jena Griswold, Attorney General Phil Weiser, and Treasurer Dave Young were returned to office.

In the Colorado Third Congressional District and in a surprise race, Republican election-denier Lauren Boebert is trailing her Democrat opponent Adam Frisch, by a full percentage point. The race is still considered too close to call.

Brittany Pettersen campaigning for the United States Congress. Image courtesy of Elsemanaroinline.com

State-wide voting results:

U.S. Senate

  • Michael Bennet  54.84 percent
  • Joe O’Dea            42.58 percent

Seventh Congressional District

  • Brittany Pettersen     57.44 percent
  • Erik Aadland              40.53 percent

Governor/Lt. Governor

  • Jared Polis           57.55 percent
  • Heidi Ganahl      49.36 percent

Jena Griswold in Salida on an October 29 campaign stop. AVV file photo.

Secretary of State

  • Jena Griswold   54.09 percent
  • Pam Anderson   43.40 percent

State Treasurer

  • Dave Young      52.81 percent
  • Lang Sias           44.16 percent

Attorney General

  • Phil Weiser      53.66 percent
  • John Kellner   43.44 percent

State Board of Education – At Large

  • Kathy Plomer 53.15 percent
  • Dan Maloit    44.52 percent

Colorado’s election workers performed superbly, across all 64 counties, managing a remarkable number of races. The voters of Colorado owe all election workers, from Clerks to staff to the election judges and poll watchers a vote of thanks for their dedication to our democratic process.

The Colorado 2022 midterms included:

  • The state’s four statewide constitutional officers
  • A U.S. Senate race
  • Eight Congressional Districts — include a brand new district awarded due to our 2020 Census population growth
  • 17 state senate races
  • 65 Colorado House seats
  • Assorted up and down-ballot races, especially all-important county commissioner and county clerk and recorders, sheriffs, coroners, county treasurers, and assessors, as well as school boards and state board of education roles.
  • 11 state ballot measures covering affordable housing, school meals, liquor sales, and psilocybin therapy.
  • Dozens of local/county and municipal ballot questions

“It was a very good night in Colorado,” adds Bennet, speaking with the media after his election was called. “What we saw in red and rural Colorado was very different this year.”

Featured image: Governor Jared Polis stopped in Buena Vista only a few days before the 2022 Midterm election. Here he addresses a “Get Out the Vote” crowd at the airport in Buena Vista. Photo by Jan Wondra.