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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► The five-way Republican race for the U.S. Senate nomination came to a conclusion on Tuesday night with a surprisingly-easy victory for El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn. With nearly 36% of the Republican vote, Glenn easily held off his nearest challenger; Jack Graham finished a distant second with slightly more than 24%.
The biggest winner in the Senate race appears to be Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet. Republicans in Colorado and around the country are openly admitting long odds for Glenn to knock off Bennet in November.
► There were a lot of uncontested Primary races on the ballot on Tuesday, so we broke down the results to give you the numbers on the most notable Primary fights.
► We’ve updated The Big Line following Tuesday’s Primary. We predicted the correct order of finish in the GOP Senate race for the top three spots (Darryl Glenn, Jack Graham, and Robert Blaha).
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IN CASE YOU ARE STANDING NEAR A WATER COOLER…
► Colorado and Utah are the first states to nominate an openly transgender candidate for Congress. Misti Plowright doesn’t have much of a chance at defeating incumbent Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs), but her Primary victory is a noteworthy first nevertheless.
Oddly enough, the transgender woman nominated for a Congressional seat in Utah is also named Misti.
► The Douglas County School District is following the (terrible) example set by Jefferson County last year in hiring an outside communications consultant even though the district already spends a huge sum on communications staff. From Marianne Goodland of the Colorado Independent:
The Douglas County School District plans to shell out $5,000 for a communications consultant, an amount which will be spent in addition toan annual budget of $1 million for its already-existing communications department.
Several members of the DougCo school board are raising questions about the decision, noting that it was made without consulting with the board.
Roger Hudson, who opened up his own communications firm after working as the public information officer for Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, received the $5,000 contract in May, according to an invoice obtained by The Colorado Independent.
► The City of Denver will have its first female District Attorney after Beth McCann won a three-way Primary on Tuesday. McCann will now face Helen Morgan, a veteran of the DA’s office who is running as an Independent.
► A woman who was shot multiple times on Tuesday afternoon at the Alliance Center downtown has died from her wounds.
► State Rep. JoAnn Windholz would like you to believe her logic that pro-choice activists actually care less about women than anti-choice folks.
► Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited Denver on Tuesday to tour a technology-innovation hub and attend at least one private fundraiser. John Frank has more for the Denver Post:
The Democratic presidential candidate visited Galvanize to announce an initiative that allows people who want to start businesses to defer their federal student loans, interest free, for three years at the startup phase. The entrepreneurs who operate in distressed economic areas or launch businesses with social benefits would be eligible for up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness after five years.
“Starting out can be daunting,” Clinton told a crowd of 100 people who work at the co-working space in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood. “There’s a lot, a lot of risk, even if you have a good idea. … It can be a lot harder if you are juggling student loan payments. And that can cut into what you are able to do.”
Clinton visited Colorado as part of a fundraising trip that took her to Los Angeles later in the day. Before the Galvanize event, she raised money in Denver from well-heeled Democrats who donated $27,000 to serve as host.
Coincidentally, Clinton was in Denver as news was breaking about the results of a House investigation into Benghazi that found no new evidence suggesting wrongdoing by the former Secretary of State.
► Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt and his wild rants about everything from homosexuality to gun control just got significantly less relevant. Dr. Chaps was handily defeated in a GOP Senate Primary by former legislator Bob Gardner.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Trump by just two points, 42% to 40%, a much closer race than other recent surveys have shown.
With third-party candidates included, Clinton leads 39% to 37%, with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson at 8% and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 4%.
This Quinnipiac poll is quite different from other recent surveys on the presidential race, showing a much tighter contest than others. Its field period overlaps with those of the Washington Post/ABC News and NBC News /Wall Street Journal polls released Sunday, both of which found Clinton significantly ahead of Trump.
Colorado politicos well remember that Quinnipiac’s polling in the 2014 Colorado gubernatorial race was quite a bit…off.
OTHER LINKS YOU SHOULD CLICK
► Former Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson says that his mother would have used a gun to shoot disagreeable reporters if not for her struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ben Carson is quite the gem.
► Donald Trump is like Peter Pan with a weird hairpiece.
► Colorado native Missy Franklin is struggling a bit in her bid to make another Olympic swimming team for the United States.
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