UPDATE 8:30PM: Media outlets are starting to call the Republican Primary in CO-3 for Lauren “Yosemite Samantha” Boebert.
UPDATE 8:24PM: Democrat James Iacino concedes race to Diane Mitsch Bush in CO-3.
UPDATE 8:00PM: Andrew Romanoff concedes, making the early night official:
NOW: @Romanoff2020 is conceding and said he called @Hickenlooper a few moments ago. “For all the differences that we had, and there many in this race. I’m equally committed to making sure Cory Gardner is a one-term Senator.” #coleg #copolitics #cogov #cosen
— Bente Birkeland (@BenteBirkeland) July 1, 2020
TL;DR version: Hickenlooper wins, Tipton loses.
UPDATE 7:15PM: Former Gov. John Hickenlooper wins the 2020 Democratic U.S. Senate primary easily as margin nears 20% with almost 500,000 votes counted.
UPDATE 7:05PM: Initial counts coming in now including liberal strongholds of Denver and Boulder showing John Hickenlooper settling into a comfortable lead:
It could be a early night, folks.
UPDATE: The campaign for Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) released a “Cory Gardner Isn’t Dead Yet Probably” memo this afternoon predicting a General Election matchup against Democrat John Hickenlooper.
Click the link above to read the entire memo, which is generally very silly. Authored by Chris Hansen, Gardner’s longtime campaign guru, the purpose of the memo is to try to convince media outlets that Gardner is not already a dead man walking because Hickenlooper is “the worst senate candidate in the country” and the idea that Democrats have a voter registration advantage in Colorado is “nonsense.”
Our favorite part of the memo is this line about Gardner’s LWCF bill:
It’s a big accomplishment and one that will override more traditional partisan fault lines among the outdoors-loving electorate in the Rocky Mountain state.
We presume Gardner is talking about Colorado here — WTF is “the Rocky Mountain state”? Do they serve world-famous Colorado BBQ in the “Rocky Mountain state”?
Watch this space as the scores get settled. There are a lot of races tonight, but this is where we’ll be focusing our attention: