The Big Line: 2022

NOTE: Percentages reflect Colorado Pols’ estimated chances of winning in the 2022 General Election in ColoradoNumbers are not intended to estimate final margin of victory.

*Indicates incumbent

LAST UPDATE: September 26, 2022



(D) Michael Bennet* (80%)↑
Every public poll, even the most conservative ones, show Bennet well ahead of O’Dea.

(R) Joe O’Dea (20%)↓
There’s still no hint of significant national money coming to help O’Dea, and his campaign doesn’t have the resources to raise his name ID enough with just a few weeks left to go.



(D) Jared Polis* (90%)↑
Polis probably won’t win by 17 points in November, but something unprecedented would have to happen for Polis to be in any trouble.

(R) Hiedi Heidi Ganahl (10%)↓
Worst. Campaign. Ever. Ganahl has no money, no national support, and no serious message anyway. Just click here and it will all become clear.

(ACN) Danielle Neuschwanger (1%)
Once a Republican candidate, Neuschwanger is now the official gubernatorial candidate for the American Constitution Party. She has no chance of winning, though her candidacy could pull votes from Ganahl.




(D) Phil Weiser* (75%)↑
Weiser continues to raise bucketloads of money for his re-election and isn’t making any mistakes on the campaign trail.

(R) John Kellner (25%)↓
Kellner said he agrees with the Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, which was a terrible thing to say out loud in a state that is overwhelmingly pro-choice. Kellner needs the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) to come in if he is to have any chance, but there’s little indication that this is happening.

(U) Stanley Thorne (5%)
Thorne was nominated at the State GOP Assembly, but it turns out he wasn’t actually a registered Republican in Colorado. Now he’s running for AG as an “Unaffiliated” candidate.



(D) Dave Young* (65%)↑
Young is doing everything right and has clearly demonstrated that he is the better candidate.

(R) Lang Sias (35%)↓
The only thing that Lang has learned from history is that Lang has learned nothing from history. Sias even seems to think that Young is the better candidate.



(D) Jena Griswold* (60%)
Griswold has considerably more resources for her campaign than Anderson.

(R) Pam Anderson (40%)
Anderson has clearly been counting on outside money to promote her candidacy, but so far it hasn’t materialized.



(D) Diana DeGette* (100%)
DeGette easily dispatched another silly Primary challenger and will cruise to re-election.




(D) Joe Neguse* (100%)
Put it this way: We’re not even bothering to learn the name of his GOP opponent.




(R) Lauren Boebert* (80%)↑
There are SO many reasons why Boebert shouldn’t be re-elected, but CO-03 leans heavily to the right.

(D) Adam Frisch (20%)↑
The question for Frisch or any Democrat in this position is whether there are enough Republican voters who are irritated enough with Boebert to vote for someone else.




(R) Ken Buck* (90%)↑
Buck has done a hard pander with right-wing voters, which should be enough to ensure his re-election.

(D) Ike McCorkle (10%)
District boundaries didn’t change enough to make this race any different for McCorkle than it was in 2020.



(R) Doug Lamborn* (90%)↑
Ethics problems aren’t going away, and legal problems are thinning out his warchest. But Lamborn is a political zombie who seemingly can’t be killed.

(D) David Torres (10%)
If Lamborn was going to lose, it would have been in a Republican Primary. This district leans too far to the right to be competitive in November.




(D) Jason Crow* (100%)
Crow is very popular and is an excellent campaigner. This is a lock.

(R) Steven Monahan (0%)
Who is he? It doesn’t matter.




(D) Brittany Pettersen (75%)↑
National groups aren’t spending in this race on either side, which indicates that Pettersen is considered to be fairly safe.

(R) Erik Aadland (25%)↓
No money, no message, and no apparent interest in things like “facts.”


(D) Ed Perlmutter (OFF)
Perlmutter is hanging it up after a long career in Congress.



(D) Yadira Caraveo (50%)↑
Caraveo gets a slight edge because the electorate seems to be moving left following the SCOTUS decision to make abortion illegal, but this is the only place in Colorado where sizable amounts of national money is being spent.

(R) Barbara Kirkmeyer (50%)↓
The Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade probably changed this race more than any other top contest in Colorado. 




Democrats took control of the State Senate in 2018 and picked up another seat in 2020. State Sen. Kevin Priola’s recent switch to the Democratic Party provides more breathing room.

Of every potential outcome in 2022, this is the one in which Republicans have the best chance of succeeding…and even then it’s a long uphill battle.



Democrats earned their biggest House majority in decades in 2018, then kept things intact in 2020. There’s virtually no chance Republicans could flip enough seats in 2022.

Capturing the majority here would be a multi-cycle task for the GOP. Colorado has changed significantly since Republicans last held a majority in the State House.


The “Big Line” and its contents are the exclusive creation of Colorado Pols and will be updated as conditions change prior to the 2022 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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