Because the U.S. House, Senate are currently held by Democrats, and because Colorado’s Senate seat is currently held by a Democrat in an otherwise right-wing state, Colorado gains evanescence.
This article explains why Colorado primary races matter, why Colorado General Election races matter, who won Colorado Primary races, and concludes with final thoughts about the Colorado Primary.
Why Colorado matters: House of Representatives and Senate are currently held by Democratic majority. Seven Senate seat losses for Democrats in November would bring a serious shift in the direction of U.S. policy (for better or worse).
Because Colorado is usually a red state, and because the Senate and Representative seats up for election this November are currently held by Democrats, Colorado finds itself as a federal policy game changer.
Gubernatorial race: Too close to call between Republicans Dan Maes and Scott McInnis (as of August 10, 2010 at 11:30pm), though it looks like Maes will squeak ahead. Current Denver mayor Hickenlooper is running as the only Democrat. Libertarian Jaimes Brown won over Dan Sallis.
U.S. Senate race: Ken Buck(R) beat Jane Norton(R). Michael Bennet(D) held his seat against Andrew Romanoff(D).
U.S. Representative race: District 1, Republican Mike Fallon over Steven Barton; Libertarian Clint Jones over Jeffrey Schitter. District 3, Republican Scott Tipton over Bob McConnell. District 2, Republican Stephen Bailey over Bob Brancato. District 7, Republican Ryan Frazier over Lang Sias.
Why does the primary matter: No party actually won over the other, right? True. However, Primaries show us two things.
First, Colorado’s primary lets us know if voters are dissatisfied with the current seat holders. For instance, Senator Bennet beat Romanoff suggesting voters are not dissatisfied enough to kick their current politician out. However, this only tells us about inner-party politics.
Second, Colorado primary also shows the direction voters are moving. Do winners lean more left or right than incumbents? This may be a sign of things to come in November’s midterm election.
What doesn’t matter: Grand scheme of things, most primary outcomes are insignificant unless incumbents lose. Considering the recidivism rate for politicians is high even when public opinion is in the toilet, anything shy of a lose means little.
Conclusion: Following suit with every other election in history, this year’s mid-term election is the most important ever! At least that’s what talking heads would have us believe. Then again, we, are told this every election.
I feel it necessary to complain Coloradans must affiliate with a party to vote in its primary election. Once you choose, as required by law, you are only allowed vote party lines. All you ‘unaffiliated’ persons and minority party affiliates are, to put it bluntly, S.O.L.
Because of this, my ‘unaffiliated’ status leaves me to pick an affiliation in order to vote. Picking Republican simply because it allowed me to vote in more races, I voted Dan Maes for Governor. The reason? McInnis plagiarized some silly documents, and, rather than roll over and apologize, he blamed his intern. Not cool. I also chose Norton over Buck in the Colorado Senate race, but saying I voted one over the other is like saying I voted for one apple over the other because I had a premonitions about it, they’re the same person.
One could make the argument one candidate is more ‘electable’ come November against their rival. Problem with that argument is too much can happen between primary election and General election. Primaries only really matter in terms of whether incumbents are maintaining their seats or not. So far, they are.