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Colorado

Colorado: Blue Hold

Senate: 18 Democrats, 16 Republicans
Need to Hold: 2 Seat Majority

The Colorado Senate was a Sister District Blue Flip in 2018. Going into election night, Democrats were down two seats. Our candidates Faith Winter and Tammy Story helped tip the balance, flip the chamber and deliver a blue trifecta to Colorado.

Since then, the GOP has been absolutely relentless in its quest to recall Democratic State Senators and try to recapture power by any crooked means necessary. So far, their efforts have been unsuccessful. But their recall efforts give us a preview of the battle for the State Senate to come in 2020.

We need to watch this chamber closely to ensure that Democrats do not lose control of the chamber and the trifecta in 2020.

Fast Facts

  • Current Control: Democratic Trifecta (since 2018)
  • Gubernatorial Election: Not up in 2020
  • Length of State Senate and House Terms: 4 years
  • Candidate Filing Deadline: March 17, 2020
  • State Legislative Primary Date: June 30, 2020
  • Redistricting: Congressional and state legislative districts will be drawn by Political Commission
  • Electoral College Votes: 9

Broader 2020 Opportunities

  • Colorado is an important presidential battleground state. Clinton carried the state by less than 5 points in ‘16, so Democrats cannot take Colorado’s 9 Electoral College votes for granted this year.
  • There is also an important, very competitive Senate race in Colorado this year (R-Gardner).
  • Working to support CO state legislative candidates will be instrumental in helping drive turnout up and down the ticket in this historic election year.

Population Demographics

Population

5,845,526

Median Age

36.4

Male | Female

50.1 % | 49.8%

Racial Diversity

White: 84.17%; Black: 4.12%; Asian: 3.12%; Two+ races: 3.57%; Other: 3.88%

2016 Election

Hillary Clinton

Votes: 1,338,870
Percentage: 48.12%
Electoral Votes: 9

Donald Trump

Votes: 1,202,484
Percentage: 43.31%
Electoral Votes: 0

District Lines

According to Ballotpedia: on November 6, 2018, Colorado voters approved a constitutional amendment establishing an independent congressional redistricting commission. The commission consists of four members belonging to the state’s largest political party, four members belonging to the state’s second-largest party, and four members belonging to no party. Commission members are appointed by a panel of three judges selected by the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. The amendment requires at least eight of the commission’s 12 members, including at least two members not belonging to any political party, to approve a map.

On November 6, 2018, Colorado voters also approved a constitutional amendment establishing an independent state legislative redistricting commission. The commission consists of four members belonging to the state’s largest political party, four members belonging to the state’s second-largest party, and four members belonging to no party. The amendment requires at least eight of the commission’s 12 members, including at least two members not belonging to any political party, to approve a map.

The Colorado Constitution requires that state legislative district boundaries “be contiguous, and that they be as compact as possible based on their total perimeter.” In addition, “to the extent possible, districts must also preserve the integrity of counties, cities, towns and–where doing so does not conflict with other goals–communities of interest.” There are no similar requirements for congressional districts.

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