Jun 26, 2012 8:13 AM by Summer Yu

Wildfires complicate CO primary elections

DENVER (AP) - A low-key primary election day in Colorado took on an even more muted tone Tuesday, with a half-dozen wildfires dominating the public's attention and candidates loath to campaign amid the smoke and flames.

Only two congressional races are facing voters, both on the Republican side. Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs has a challenge, and two Republicans in northern Colorado are vying for the chance to challenge a Democratic incumbent.

Turnout for the mostly mail-in primaries was expected to be low Tuesday, both because of the fires and because there aren't many contests in many areas. The only statewide primary Tuesday was a down-ticket Republican race for the University of Colorado board of regents. Democrats had no primary contests above the state legislative level.



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