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5 things to know about Colorado primary elections

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 25, 2014 at 7:43 am •  Published: June 25, 2014

DENVER (AP) — Coloradans made choices in three congressional primaries, a gubernatorial contest and a fracking moratorium in Tuesday's primaries. Here's five things to know about the outcomes:


Bob Beauprez is the GOP's pick for governor — again. Eight years after running unsuccessfully for governor, the former congressman defeated three other Republicans, including former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, for the nod to challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in November. Republican voters see him as the strongest candidate against Hickenlooper, who has a sizable fundraising advantage.


Also seeing a political revival is Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck, who cruised to victory in a GOP primary in the sprawling 4th Congressional District, Colorado's only open congressional seat. Buck ran for U.S. Senate four years ago, losing to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, and he planned early this year to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. But when Rep. Cory Gardner decided to run against Udall, Buck switched gears. His victory almost guarantees he'll prevail in November; the GOP has an overwhelming advantage in the Eastern Plains district.


Four-term Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn is battle-tested in the feisty 5th Congressional District, known for its bruising GOP primaries. Lamborn scraped by again Tuesday, besting a retired Air Force veteran who was mounting his third challenge. The district, centered in Colorado Springs, hasn't chosen a Democrat since its creation more than 40 years ago — though Lamborn seems to attract spirited primary battles every two years.

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