National Money Tells the Tale on Colorado Congressional Races

So far, so good for Democrat Brittany Pettersen

Every seat in the House of Representatives is on the ballot every two years, but not every seat will create a competitive race in a given district.

In Colorado, there are two districts that were believed to be more competitive than the rest in 2022*: CO-07 (Jefferson County to Cañon City, roughly) and CO-08 (Adams County and north of Greeley, roughly). At least, that was the prevailing wisdom a few months ago.

New spending numbers from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) were announced today, and only CO-08 made the list.

Republicans, meanwhile, are also spending money in CO-08 but NOT in CO-07.

The fact that neither Democrats nor Republicans are spending money (thus far, anyway) in CO-07 indicates that Democrat Brittany Pettersen is running well ahead of Republican Erik Aadland. We know this to be the case in candidate fundraising, but it’s likely also true in terms of internal polling. Anecdotally, Aadland has been all but invisible on the campaign trail and hasn’t managed to generate any sort of positive media coverage.

Meanwhile, we know from (limited) public polling in CO-08 that Democrat Yadira Caraveo and Republican “Secession” Barbara Kirkmeyer are running neck-and-neck. Caraveo might be in a better position at the moment, since Kirkmeyer has some trouble spots with her attacks on the FBI and her extreme-right position on abortion rights, but that’s likely why the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is spending heavily on television advertising in the district.

It ain’t over until it’s over in either of these two districts, but the trend lines are impossible to ignore.


*Note: In CO-03, the home of Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert, Democrat Adam Frisch would need to overcome a tough Republican voter advantage in order to win in November. Because of a combination of voter registration benefits and general candidate strength, incumbents will almost certainly win easily in CO-01 (Diana DeGette), CO-02 (Joe Neguse), CO-04 (Ken Buck), CO-05 (Doug Lamborn), and CO-06 (Jason Crow). 

One Community Comment, Facebook Comments

  1. kwtree says:

    Young Latino and working class families in CD8 may be more motivated to register and vote for Dr. Caraveo, because she is a doctor, she is a bilingual Latina, and also because of the abortion issue. 
    I’m hoping that Dems can promote a broad agenda, and not focus narrowly  on either immigration or abortion. 

    There are also huge environmental justice issues in CD8. Industries pollute air and water, working class people endure the negative health effects. And, oh, yeah, democracy vs. dictatorship is also a hot issue in this election. 

    But appealing to all these issues, and getting those ballots turned in, will only work in CD8 if Dems have good on-the ground canvassing operations, even in areas they tend to neglect because of an elitist consultant mindset (and self-fulfilling prophecy) that “Those people don’t vote”. So residents of large apartment complexes, trailer parks, working-class neighborhoods are neglected in pursuit of suburban moms who are presumably motivated on abortion.

    I wish we could organize and GOTV like we did in 08 for Obama.

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