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What you need to know about Colorado's Primary Election

Posted at 11:10 AM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 13:10:00-04

COLORADO — Many Coloradans have already returned their ballots ahead of Tuesday's primary for congressional, state, and other local races throughout the state.

However, in a matter of hours, the ballot for November will be a lot clearer when it comes to elections for offices such as U.S. Senate, House, and Colorado General Assembly.

If you need to find a drop off location near you, KOAA has a voter guide here: Colorado Voter Guide.

Most primary elections are uncontested in southern Colorado, but there are a few that are not. With ballots due by 7 p.m. Tuesday, KOAA is breaking down some of the contested races.

Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate

Incumbent Cory Gardner is running unopposed in the primary, but both Andrew Romanoff and John Hickenlooper are hoping to go up against him come November.

In what started as a crowded field, the former Colorado Speaker of the House and Governor are on the ballot to clinch the Democratic nomination.

For a full breakdown of some of the major issues, KOAA and our partners Denver7 hosted a debate between the candidates earlier this year. You can see this here: Democratic Debate.

Andrew Romanoff

Romanoff is seen as a more progressive candidate of the two, who supports Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

John Hickenlooper

Identifying as a more of a moderate on the campaign trail, Hickenlooper says change needs to happen when it comes to issues such as climate change and health care. Unlike Romanoff, Hickenlooper is not a supporter of the Green New Deal or Medicare for all.

What you need to know for Colorado's Primary Election

4th Judicial District Attorney Primary

The 4th Judicial District Attorney race is the only contested election on the Republican ballot in El Paso County. No Democrats are running for District Attorney. Current DA Dan May is term-limited, and both Michael Allen and Mark Waller are hoping to get hired by the people for the job. Waller is the current chair of the Board of County Commissioners, as well a former state legislator. Allen currently serves as a deputy District Attorney, he is a first- time candidate.

What you need to know for Colorado's Primary Election

3rd Congressional District Primaries

The Democratic primary includes two congressional hopefuls, James Iacino and Diane Mitsch Bush. Mitsch-Bush ran against Tipton in 2018 for the same seat, she also previously served as a state representative and Routt County Commissioner. Iacino is a business owner, CEO of the Seattle Fish Company. Iacino is a first-time candidate and h

Scott Tipton currently represents Congressional District 3 and has since 2011. This primary he is facing a challenger, Lauren Boebert a business owner in Rifle.

What you need to know about Colorado's Primary Election

Voters Guide to Colorado's 2020 Primary