Kerry Donovan, Drawn Out Of CD-3, Drops Out

Sen. Kerry Donovan (D).

As the Colorado Sun’s Jesse Paul reports, a top potential challenger to freshman GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert in the slightly reddened Third Congressional District is formally ending her campaign after suspending fundraising one month ago as it became clear her home would be drawn out of the district:

State Sen. Kerry Donovan, a Vail Democrat, ended her campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District on Friday.

The decision comes after Donovan was drawn out of the 3rd District during Colorado’s once-in-a-decade redistricting process…

Donovan was seen as a top contender to win her party’s nomination and face Boebert, who lives in Garfield County, in next year’s midterm elections. Her exit from the race reshuffles the political dynamics in the Democratic primary field, which includes Pueblo activist Sol Sandoval and state Rep. Don Valdez, of La Jara.

While Donovan could technically still have run in CD-3 as there is no formal residency requirement for congressional seats, it would have been a significant messaging disadvantage for Donovan in a race where Democrats will need the wind fully at their backs to prevail. With Donovan’s departure, Pueblo’s Sol Sandoval is now the candidate to watch in the Democratic primary to take on Boebert. For Democrats, the road to unseating Boebert now as ever begins in Pueblo.

As for Kerry Donovan, she’s got a bright future and a nice ranch.

17 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MichaelBowman says:

    Sorry this happened to Kerry. I was looking forward to further supporting a Donovan campaign.  The silver lining is that as imperfect as our system seemed to be, it isn’t the gerrymandering shit-show ala North Carolina. 

    North Carolina is 40% non-white & 50/50 politically but GOP passed redistricting maps giving white Republicans 71-78% of US House seats 

    This is what gerrymandering looks like under gutted Voting Rights Act & without federal protection for voting rights

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Of course, guessing future outcomes based on past performance doesn’t guarantee an outcome.  In North Carolina’s last adjustment

      Another way to underscore this from 2018 is to point out that the districts where Democratic candidates won, packing enabled [Democrats] G.K. Butterfield, David Price and Alma Adams to carry 69, 72 and 73% of the vote, respectively. For comparison’s sake, Republicans, who were opposed, all won with between 51 and 59% of the vote.

      But if a partisan process tries to “pack” in a manner that leaves adjacent districts at a less than 5% margin for victory for their team, that adjacent district can be flipped.  And with incumbency, there is an advantage that can easily be 5%, meaning once flipped, that district may stay flipped for the remainder of the apportioning cycle.

  2. JohnInDenver says:

    Any announcement of what Donovan will do with the campaign funds she raised?

  3. bullshit! says:

    When Hick is tired of being a Senator, Rep. Neguse moves up and Kerry replaces him in CD-2.

    Got this all worked out for you Pols, update the 2026 Big Line accordingly. 🙂

  4. itlduso says:

    I got a donation request call from Debby Burnett running in CD3.  Anyone know if I should donate to her campaign?

  5. OpenSpace says:

    Can she please run for governor so us Dems can ditch Richie Rich Libertarian No-Taxes-For-Me Polis?  

  6. kwtree says:

    Boebert claimed she had a “video town hall”. In reality, this was a 12 minute taxpayer funded video promoting Boebert’s positions and “achievements”. 

    Not a single question or comment from a constituent was heard in the “townhall”. 
    Any rep that actually represents constituents would be an improvement.

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