It Will Be Polis vs. Stapleton for Governor

UPDATE (7:53): From CNN:


The races for Governor are being called: It’s Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton, as expected.

Jared Polis (L) and Walker Stapleton

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  1. ElliotFladen says:

    Best two got it. 

  2. ambivalentmaybe says:

    Bummer. Not excited about voting for Polis. But better than the alternative. 

  3. HeavyG says:

    Where the hell did Stapleton Stumbleton take that picture, walking out of an airline bathroom?

    I will proudly vote for Polis, Johnston seemed to over perform.  He'll be back.  



  4. davebarnes says:

    So, who is going to take on Smiling Cory?

  5. flatiron says:

    Polis should pick Kennedy as his running mate to unite the party.

    Johnston will probably be back for Perlmutter's seat if he goes after Gardner in 2020, or Senate if Perlmutter stays put. Neither Kennedy or Johnston could compete with Polis' bank account. Hopefully neither can Stumbleton.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      He should offer Kennedy the lt gov nod. She may take it, or decide she's rather be mayor of Denver.

    • MADCO says:

      No, he shouldn't. 

      And if he offers, she should say no.

    • MADCO says:

      It wasn't the bank account, though $ talks and….something walks


      better candidate, better campaign 

      trump tweets are obnoxious is not a campaign message

      • Voyageur says:

        Polis spent $11 million.  Hell yes, it was the money.

        • ElliotFladen says:

          Then how come Victor Mitchell didn’t do well in the GOP Primary? Jared is a lot more formidable then the caricature the GOP pretends he is.  

          Did you watch him debate?  Very well prepped.  

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          These were the cards we were dealt:

          Money is speech,  super PACs, Citizens United, etc., etc.

          We can either complain, pretend things are different and lose, or we could play with hand we are dealt and play to win. I choose Option #2.

          Walker Stapleton is going to have to liquidate his trust fund to finance his campaign. Will he do it?

        • DavidThi808 says:

          It was not Jared's money, it was Jared. From CNN:

          Ocasio-Cortez won despite being wildly outspent by Crowley, who leaned on his Democratic contacts to raise $3.3 million compared to her roughly $300,000.

          • Voyageur says:

            One question, David, and everybody else who stoutly insists Jared didn't have to spend $11 !million to buy this election.

            Why did he spend the $11 million if he was going to win anyway?

            Don't worry, RandR, I'll vote for the guy.  But as a feminist symphathiser who really wanted to see our first woman governor, I need a little hurting time first.   

            It is a considerable solace that he is gay and might knock down that barrier.

            Pax Vobiscum.

            • DavidThi808 says:

              Everybody comes to the race with advantages & disadvantages. For example, all things being semi-equal, you vote for the female candidate. Cary had that from lots of people.

              As to the money, there have been numerous studies that found candidates with the largest amount raised tend to overwhelmingly win. But that self-funders tend to lose. In general.

              Having the money helps. The giant help is it frees up his time. I'll bet Cary Kennedy & Michael Johnson spent the last 18 months sitting in a room dialing for dollars. That's time they can't spend elsewhere.

              But Stapleton is a great example of, if you lean on that money, you're not going to win. He got the primary but he's going to get his ass kicked in the general with that same approach.

              All four candidates were able to present themselves to the voters in a large number of ways. And I think it's a good thing that the vast majority of voters were good with any of them. But Jared clearly was more compelling for most – and I think that was primarily a combination of who he is and what matters to him.

  6. doremi says:

    Unfortunately, Hick is looking at being President.  He could win US Senate easily against That"different kind of Republican" Gardner.

    Rumors I've heard:  Stan Garnett running for U.S. Senate, as well as Mike Johnston.

  7. Zappatero says:

    Elections matter. “Winners make policy. Losers go home.” – Mitch McConnell. Will Jared be compelled to move “to the center” after winning or will he hear Americans’  rejection of the status quo and revulsion at Donald Trump.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      When people start to hear voices in their head it is time to get some help.

    • mamajama55 says:

      Good article, Zap.

      As far as if Jared will "move to the center" if elected: His record shows him staying pretty true to his values under pressure to moderate in Congress – he's considered both one of the most liberal Reps, and one of the more bipartisan ones.

      I have some lingering distrust of Polis after he sold out the people's ballot initiatives for a do-little O&G commission; However, his record again shows that he has a unique way of creating unlikely partnerships to solve problems. That instance with the O&G commission, his approach didn't work, at all.

      That's still better than Frackenlooper or the horrors that Stumbleton would allow. We just have to keep the pressure on, is all.

      • DavidThi808 says:

        Another way of looking at Jared's efforts on O&G is he had two options, thought one of them made more sense, and it turned out to be a mistake. That happens. If you try sometimes you will fail. Keep in mind he tried, and will try again.

        • Davie says:

          That's the thing I like about Jared — not just his policy positions that I agree with — but the overwhelming determination and persistence he exhibits when he goes after an issue.  He won't sit back like Hick and let the General Assembly try to guess what he will or will not support.

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