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Primary Election: Polis, Stapleton projected to secure nominations for Governor

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9:47 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has won the Democratic primary in the race to replace Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Polis secured the nomination Tuesday against former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy, former state Sen. Mike Johnston and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne.

Polis is a five-term congressman, former state board of education member and self-made millionaire and philanthropist.

He supports publicly-funded preschool and kindergarten, forgiveness of college debt, single-payer health care and promoting renewable energy.

State law prohibits Hickenlooper from serving a third consecutive term.

Tuesday's primary was the first in which unaffiliated voters, the state's largest voting bloc, could participate in one or the other of the major party primaries.

Colorado hasn't elected a Republican governor since Bill Owens, who served from 1999 to 2007.

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9:30 p.m.

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton has won the Republican primary for Colorado governor.

Stapleton secured the nomination Tuesday against businessmen Victor Mitchell, Doug Robinson and Greg Lopez.

Stapleton led a field that collectively vowed to defend any attempt to tamper with Colorado's constitutional Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, which leaves it to voters to approve tax hikes. He also aligned himself with President Donald Trump on immigration, health care and the federal tax plan.

Stapleton has aired an ad in which he states, "I'll stand with Donald Trump to get illegal aliens who commit crimes deported." In the ad, Stapleton blames Congress for an immigration policy that separates children from their parents along the border.

State law prohibits Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper from serving a third consecutive term.


As Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper serves out the remainder of his last term, the race is on for candidates to win their party's nomination for the November Gubernatorial election.

Primary voters statewide weighed in on their choice of either 4 Democrats or 4 Republicans running for office. Earlier this year, there were more than a dozen candidates in this race before some dropped out and others failed to gather enough signatures to be included on the ballot.

On the Democrat side:

Cary Kennedy - Served as State Treasurer from 2007-2011, former Deputy Mayor and Chief Financial Officer for Denver.
Donna Lynne - Serves as the current Lieutenant Governor of Colorado since 2016. Previously served in New York City Government before moving to Colorado more than a decade ago.
Jared Polis - Serves in U.S. Congress representing Colorado's 2nd congressional district since 2009. Previously served on the State Board of Education and ran several businesses.
Michael Johnston - Served in the Colorado Senate representing District 33 (Northeast Denver) from 2009 until 2017.

On the Republican side:

Greg Lopez - Former Mayor of Parker, Colorado and director for the U.S. Small Business Administration in Colorado.
Victor Mitchell - Businessman and former Colorado State Representative for House District 45 (Teller County and southern Douglas County)
Doug Robinson - Retired investment banker and nonprofit founder. This is his first political campaign.
Walker Stapleton - Former investment banker and current Colorado State Treasurer.

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