As the Denver Post reports, incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs) is about to get retired:
Six-term U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs should not be on the Republican primary ballot this year, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.
The ruling finds in favor of a lawsuit that contended Lamborn didn’t properly petition his way onto the ballot…
…A lower court earlier this month largely sided with Lamborn that he had enough signatures to be on the ballot, but the opposition appealed, leading to the Colorado Supreme Court ruling.
The Supreme Court ruled a circulator for Lamborn’s campaign did not meet the state’s residency test and the signatures he collected from voters are “invalid and may not be considered.” Without the signatures, Lamborn fell short of the 1,000 needed to make the ballot, the court ruled.
This is a surprising turn of events for Lamborn, if only because recent history has shown that Colorado courts tend to rule on the side of ballot access in disputes over petition signatures. We would imagine that Lamborn’s campaign will do whatever it can to appeal this decision, but he may be out of luck. Marshall Zelinger of 9News happened to catch this reaction from state Sen. Owen Hill, one of two Republican candidates challenging for Lamborn’s seat:
As news came out that the State Supreme Court ruled @RepDLamborn signatures were collected by out of state petitioner, thus knocking him OFF the ballot, I was in the same committee room as @owenjhill, who is running for that Congressional seat. #copolitics #coleg pic.twitter.com/q7xDE9N6Z1
— Marshall Zelinger (@Marshall9News) April 23, 2018