2022 Primary Election Night Open Thread

UPDATE (8:00 pm): We’re still waiting on full results, but it looks like these candidates will win:

♦ U.S. Senate: Joe O’Dea
♦ Governor: Hiedi Heidi Ganahl
♦ Sec. of State: Pam Anderson
♦ CO-03: Lauren Boebert
♦ CO-05: Doug Lamborn
♦ CO-07: Erik Aadland
♦ CO-08: Barbara Kirkmeyer


UPDATE: Here’s the latest ballot return numbers for Unaffiliated voters (as of 3:30 pm):



Watch this space for updates when the polls close at 7:00pm.

37 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. 2Jung2Die says:

    Kirkmeyer looks like she just took another soul

    • kwtree says:

      Kirkmeyer won on the strength of name recognition, mainly. She’s heavily identified with oil and gas industry and advocacy in Weld County, and was definitely the establishment candidate.

      Somebody said this CD8 race will come down to Adams vs. Weld County. Both are working- class areas, with 1-2% making crazy profits off the industries that pollute the air and water,  while most struggle to gas up their cars and pay rent.
      Kirkmeyer’s “ Oil and gas is your friend; renewables suck! “ message may not go down so well on a wider stage. Her “immigrants are your enemy” schtick will also falter in CD8 where 20% of citizens have someone in extended family who is undocumented or has only recently become a citizen.

      Caraveo is a strong candidate. She’s a doctor, and people trust doctors. She can speak Spanish and I think she’ll do well at motivating Latine voters if her campaign staff does their jobs. I’d like to see her speak to the environmental justice issues in CD8.

  2. Duke Cox says:


    Tina got top billing on PBS during the update teaser on primaries.

    She's a star!

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    2018 … Republican primary votes for Governor:  503,205

    2022 … Republican votes at 3:30 on June 28:  481,058

    …………..– plus it looks like about 86,000 yet to be processed, which would likely be about 50,000 more Republican votes, if things break the way they are going so far.


    Seems like people are up for voting this year, too.



  4. ohwilleke says:

    Apparently, lots of members of the GOP crazy fraction, like Tina Peters, aren't doing so well. Boebert looks secure, however.

    • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

      I noticed that. Tina Peters is running in third place while Lopez and Hanks are trailing against their more establishment opponents. And Kirkmeyer is leading in CD 8 which is not good for the Dems come November.

    • Pikes Piqued says:

      Boebert was never in any danger; CD-3 is the West Virginia of Colorado. 

      Support for Guns, Jesus, Oil & Gas, and Casual Sexual Assault will keep any candidate in office.


      • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

        "CD-3 is the West Virginia of Colorado"

        That is priceless! And so true! (Well, maybe with the exception of Aspen. I don't think West Virginia has anything like Aspen.)

  5. JohnInDenver says:

    Secretary of State results page:  https://results.enr.clarityelections.com/CO/113964/web.285569/#/summary


    Washington Post results page:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/election-results/colorado/2022-primaries/

    WAPO says now that "An estimated 58% of votes have been counted."


  6. JohnInDenver says:


    Joe O'Dea wins. AP race call at 7:35 p.m. on June 28, 2022.

    Contested House races

    3- Lauren Boebert wins. AP race call at 7:36 p.m. on June 28, 2022.

    4- Ken Buck leads by 50.26 percentage points with an estimated 67.5% of votes counted.

    5- Doug Lamborn leads by 18.54 percentage points with an estimated 95.0% of votes counted.

    7- Erik Aadland leads by 10.59 percentage points with an estimated 81.2% of votes counted.

    8- Barbara Kirkmeyer leads by 28.96 percentage points with an estimated 45.4% of votes counted.



    Heidi Ganahl R 214,515 votes53.9%

    Greg Lopez R 183,817 votes46.1%

    Sec. of State:

    Anderson is projected to win. An estimated 79 percent of votes have been counted.

    Candidate          Votes     Pct.
    Pam Anderson 176,274..44.8%

    Mike O'Donnell 113,009..28.7

    Tina Peters 104,268..26.5

  7. davebarnes says:

    Color me shocked.

    Michael Bennet – 100%
    Jason Crow – 100%
    Joe Neguse – 100%
    Brittany Pettersen – 100%
    Yadira Caraveo – 100%
    Jared Polis – 100%

    Even Hugo Chávez did not get 100%.

    • NotHopeful says:

      I cast a Democratic primary ballot, since I've been Democrat for more than 40 years, but I did not fill in a space for the state treasurer position since it appears to me that the incumbent has done, literally, nothing. And I wrote in candidates for governor and attorney general since Polis and Weiser are either basically Republican (Polis) or fundamentally timid (Weiser) and neither have taken either the climate crisis or this state's air quality problem seriously. The only statewide office holders that got my vote were Bennet and Griswold. 

      The Democrats are complacent. They should think about whether that will hurt them this fall. I'm not voting for Polis or Weiser or for their Republican opponents. I'll write someone in again or vote for a third party candidate for those offices.

      • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

        Where are Ralph Nader and Jill Stein when you need them, NotHopeful.

      • Voyageur says:

        You’re dead wrong about our treasurer, Dave Young, nothopeful.  He’s worked his butt off to protect our public investments in hard times.  But the nature of the job keeps it out of the limelight.  Think back to when Mike Coffman was treasurer, you may realize colorful isn’t always good.

  8. westslope says:

    Thanks for playing, Tina.


  9. 2Jung2Die says:

    1) McKean's up 15 over whatzhisname in House District 51

    2) I predicted Anderson would win the SOS primary a long time ago. Neener neener!

    • Lauren Boebert is a Worthless POS says:

      Indeed, you did, Doc! Good call!

      Anderson got 43% while the two election deniers combined got 57%.

      • 2Jung2Die says:

        Definitely noticed the 57% split two ways part of this whole thing. Brings up the old "what if" one of the two would've dropped out, say, the one who felt she had to flee the state to hang out with Mike Lindell and should have been unelectable in any sense of the word for a bunch of other reasons.

  10. harrydoby says:

    ooh, ooh, I'm so excited that Hiedi Heidi Ganahl is winning!  I'm looking forward to her absolutely A-Maes-ing campaign this fall!

  11. ElliotFladen says:

    Complete bloodbath of the crazies tonight!

  12. harrydoby says:

    I think the Unaffiliated  (like my wife) had a lot to do with pulling the GOP back from the brink.

    But I also think, many (like my wife) will in the end vote for the Democratic candidates in the general.  Note that Phil Weiser got fewer votes than his GOP opponent.  I thoroughly believe that is simply because U's couldn't split their vote in the primary.

  13. coloradosane says:

    CD-03 friends  well we gave it a good shot.  General election may be greatly influenced by legal issues for boobert or indictment for her direct insurrection efforts.  Keep the faith!  

  14. Voyageur says:

    It looks like Adam Frisch won the cd3 Democratic nod.  If the anti-fasist vote coalesces  behind him in November, Two gun Tootsie may be back to slinging sliders.

  15. JeffcoDemo says:

    OMG, the Post has a story about Peter's where "This isn't over."

    Oh no she's not taking this lying down!  Fraud!!

  16. Voyageur says:

    In my reformed HD6, Stalwart progressive Katie March seems to have edged out self-described anarchist Elisabeth Epps.  Both women are well to my left, but our family rallied behind Katie, who at least lives on our planet.

    • Dano says:

      I don't know either lady, nor do I live in their district. My only experience with either was 2nd-hand when Epps was bashing the Denver Election Division (where I work – full disclosure) for things that were her own damn fault. For example, she never updated her address on her voter file and then bitched at us because her ballot didn't find her.

      From comments above, it sounds like March is more sane, so that is a plus!

    • 2Jung2Die says:

      As of the top o' the morning, March was only ahead of Epps by 34 votes, so it ain't over!

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