NOTE: Percentages reflect Colorado Pols’ estimated chances of winning the General Election. Numbers are not intended to estimate final margin of victory.
Candidates with an asterisk (*) are officially running, or widely presumed to be running.
LAST UPDATE: September 19, 2018
(D) Jared Polis* (70%)↑
Polis is in charge of this race with one month to go until mail ballots are released.
(R) Walker Stapleton* (30%)↓
Walker Stapleton is a really, really, really bad candidate.
(D) Phil Weiser* (55%)↑
Weiser is running a solid campaign and is outclassing Brauchler at every step.
(R) George Brauchler* (45%)↓
Brauchler isn’t so good at the debating thing.
(R) Brian Watson* (50%)
This looks like the most under-the-radar statewide race on the ballot. That might be good news for Watson.
(D) Dave Young* (50%)↑
Walker Stapleton’s abysmal track record as State Treasurer gives Young great narrative for his own campaign — if he can break through the static.
SECRETARY OF STATE
(R) Wayne Williams* (55%)↓
If voters are paying attention to this race by November, Williams could be in trouble.
(D) Jena Griswold* (45%)↑
Griswold getting plenty of opportunities to knock Williams and his apparently-toothless office.
(D) Diana DeGette* (99%)↑
Unless 90% of Denver Democrats decide not to vote, DeGette is safe.
(R) Casper Stockham* (1%)
(D) Joe Neguse* (95%)↑
Neguse will be the first African-American elected to federal office from Colorado.
(R) Peter Yu* (5%)
(D) Jared Polis (OFF)
Democratic nominee for Governor in 2018.
CO-3 (WESTERN & SOUTHERN COLO.)
(R) Scott Tipton* (55%)↓
Tipton is showing significant signs of weakness. Weird dynamics of massive geographic district still work in his favor.
(D) Diane Mitsch Bush* (45%)↑
It looks like DMB has found her voice as the stretch run approaches.
CO-4 (NORTHEAST-ISH COLORADO)
(R) Ken Buck* (70%)
Buck should probably be at greater risk in 2018, but district makeup protects him well.
(D) Karen McCormick* (30%)↑
McCormick is running a decent race but hasn’t gotten on anyone’s radar; her hopes probably depend entirely on size of Democratic wave in November.
CO-5 (COLORADO SPRINGS)
(R) Doug Lamborn* (90%)↑
Lamborn keeps managing to hold off Republican challengers, so there should be little to worry about in a General Election.
(D) Stephany Rose Spaulding* (10%)
Lamborn isn’t particularly well-liked, but this is a SOLID Republican district
(R) Mike Coffman* (50%)↓
If history is any guide, Coffman can still pull out another re-election victory. If 2018 is any guide, the end is finally near for the 30-year elected official.
CO-7 (JEFFERSON COUNTY)
(D) Ed Perlmutter* (98%)
There is no reason whatsoever to think that Perlmutter has anything to worry about in 2018.
(R) Mark Barrington* (2%)
Even Barrington understands that he has absolutely no chance here.
STATE SENATE MAJORITY
Senate Republicans won’t hold majority if voters are concerned about sexual harassment problems at State Capitol.
Top Democratic candidates are raising a lot more money than their Republican opponents.
STATE HOUSE MAJORITY
The only real mystery is in the final numbers; very unlikely that Democrats lose majority in 2018.
Republicans just hoping to keep margin in single digits after November.
The “Big Line” and its contents are the exclusive creation of Colorado Pols and will be updated as conditions change prior to the 2018 General Election. It is an accurate, if unscientific, look at the races from insider perspectives from both parties. It does NOT reflect who we might like to see win, but reflects who has the best chance to win a General Election based on inside information and our analysis of that information.
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