Colorado elections, 2014

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A general election was held in the U.S. state of Colorado on November 4, 2014. All of Colorado's executive officers were up for election as well as a United States Senate seat and all of Colorado's seven seats in the United States House of Representatives. Primary elections were held on June 24, 2014.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper and his Lieutenant Governor Joseph García are running for re-election to a second term in office. They were unopposed for the Democratic nomination[1] In Colorado, gubernatorial candidates pick their running mates and they are elected on the same ticket.

The Republicans nominee is former U.S. Representative and nominee for Governor in 2006 Bob Beauprez, whose running mate is Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella.[2][3] He defeated Secretary of State of Colorado Scott Gessler,[4][5] former Minority Leader of the Colorado Senate Mike Kopp[5][6] and former U.S. Representative and Constitution Party nominee for Governor in 2010 Tom Tancredo[7] in the primary election.

Libertarian Matthew Hess and his running mate Brandon Young,[8] Greens Bill Bartlett and Harry Hempy[9] and Independents Mike Dunafon, Mayor of Glendale,[10] and Jim Rundberg[11] are also running.

Attorney General[edit]

Incumbent Republican Attorney General John Suthers is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

Republican primary[edit]

The Republican nominee is Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, wife of U.S. Representative Mike Coffman. Mark Waller, former Minority Leader of the Colorado House of Representatives, had been running, but he withdrew from the race. At the Republican state assembly on April 12, 2014, Coffman received the support of 69% of the delegates, while Waller received 30.7%, only narrowly passing the 30% needed to win a place on the primary ballot.[12] On April 28, Waller announced that he was withdrawing from the race.[13][14] Weld County District Attorney and nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2010 Ken Buck was a speculated Republican candidate, but he declined in order to run for the U.S. Senate,[15] later dropping down to run for Colorado's 4th congressional district.[16] Attorney Mario Nicolais was also speculated to run, but he also declined to do so.[17] He is instead running for the State Senate.[18]

Republican primary results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cynthia Coffman 321,062 100

Democratic primary[edit]

The Democratic nominee is former Deputy Attorney General and former District Attorney from the Seventeenth Judicial District Don Quick.[20][21] President of the Colorado Senate Morgan Carroll and District Attorneys Mitch Morrissey and Stan Garnett, who was the nominee for Attorney General in 2010, were also speculated to run for the Democratic nomination, but declined to do so.[22][23]

Democratic primary results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Don Quick 196,645 100

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Cynthia
Coffman (R)
Don
Quick (D)
David
Williams (L)
Undecided
Public Policy Polling November 1–2, 2014 739 ± 3.6% 50% 37% 5% 9%
SurveyUSA October 27–29, 2014 618 ± 4% 45% 38% 6% 11%
Suffolk University October 18–21, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 42.4% 31% 7.6% 19%
Public Policy Polling October 16–19, 2014 778 ± 3.5% 46% 32% 7% 15%
Gravis Marketing October 16, 2014 695 ± 4% 44% 32% 11% 13%
Suffolk University September 9–16, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 40% 30% 4.8% 25.2%
Public Policy Polling July 17–20, 2014 653 ± 3.8% 38% 29% 32%
Gravis Marketing July 8–10, 2014 1,106 ± 3% 42% 38% 9% 11%

Results[edit]

Colorado Attorney General election, 2014[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cynthia Coffman 1,002,626 51.43
Democratic Don Quick 826,182 42.38
Libertarian David Williams 120,745 6.19
Total votes 1,949,553 100
Republican hold

Secretary of State[edit]

Incumbent Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler did not run for re-election to a second term in office. He instead ran unsuccessfully for Governor.[5]

Republican primary[edit]

El Paso County Clerk & Recorder Wayne W. Williams is the Republican nominee.[25] Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Doty considered running,[26] but decided against it.[27]

Republican primary results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Wayne W. Williams 321,509 100

Democratic primary[edit]

Regent of the University of Colorado Joe Neguse is the Democratic nominee.[28] Former Majority Leader of the Colorado Senate and nominee for Secretary of State in 2006 Ken Gordon had also declared his candidacy in December 2012,[17] though it was unclear if he was continuing in the race after Neguse entered in June 2013.[29][30][31] Gordon died of a heart attack in December 2013.[32][33][34] Former State Senator Angela Giron also considered running for the Democratic nomination,[35] but she decided against it.[36]

Democratic primary results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joe Neguse 195,951 100

American Constitution primary[edit]

Amanda Campbell, the American Constitution Party nominee for the State House in 2008 and for Secretary of State in 2010 is running again.[37]

American Constitution primary results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Constitution Amanda Campbell 925 100

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Wayne W.
Williams (R)
Joe
Neguse (D)
Amanda
Campbell (ACP)
David
Schambach (L)
Undecided
Public Policy Polling November 1–2, 2014 739 ± 3.6% 43% 37% 5% 3% 11%
SurveyUSA October 27–29, 2014 618 ± 4% 43% 39% 7% 11%
Suffolk University October 18–21, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 35% 27.6% 2.4% 3.8% 31.2%
Public Policy Polling October 16–19, 2014 778 ± 3.5% 36% 31% 10% 3% 20%
Gravis Marketing October 16, 2014 695 ± 4% 39% 37% 8% 15%
Suffolk University September 9–16, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 34.6% 28.6% 4.8% 3.4% 28.6%
Public Policy Polling July 17–20, 2014 653 ± 3.8% 35% 27% 38%
Gravis Marketing July 8–10, 2014 1,106 ± 3% 42% 39% 7% 13%

Results[edit]

Colorado Secretary of State election, 2014[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Wayne W. Williams 932,588 47.34
Democratic Joe Neguse 886,043 44.98
Constitution Amanda Campbell 77,790 3.95
Libertarian David Schambach 73,413 3.73
Total votes 1,969,834 100
Republican hold

State Treasurer[edit]

Incumbent Republican State Treasurer Walker Stapleton is running for re-election to a second term in office.[38]

Republican primary[edit]

Stapleton was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Republican primary results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Walker Stapleton 323,862 100

Democratic primary[edit]

Former U.S. Representative and former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs in the United States Department of Homeland Security Betsy Markey is the Democratic nominee.[39] Pat Quinn, the outgoing Mayor of Broomfield, had also declared his candidacy in June 2013,[40] but he withdrew from the race in November 2013.[41]

Democratic primary results[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Betsy Markey 203,537 100

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Walker
Stapleton (R)
Betsy
Markey (D)
David
Jurist (L)
Undecided
Public Policy Polling November 1–2, 2014 739 ± 3.6% 47% 41% 4% 8%
SurveyUSA October 27–29, 2014 618 ± 4% 46% 41% 5% 8%
Public Policy Polling October 16–19, 2014 778 ± 3.5% 42% 40% 6% 12%
Gravis Marketing October 16, 2014 695 ± 4% 43% 41% 8% 8%
Public Policy Polling July 17–20, 2014 653 ± 3.8% 43% 33% 24%
Gravis Marketing July 8–10, 2014 1,106 ± 3% 44% 41% 6% 9%
A.L.G. Research* June 27–30, 2013 400 ± ? 41% 40% 19%
  • * Internal poll for the Pat Quinn campaign

Results[edit]

Colorado State Treasurer election, 2014[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Walker Stapleton 979,281 49.87
Democratic Betsy Markey 882,437 44.94
Libertarian David Jurist 101,826 5.19
Total votes 1,963,544 100
Republican hold

United States Senate[edit]

Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Udall is running for re-election to a second term in office.[1]

U.S. Representative Cory Gardner is the Republican nominee,[42][43][44] businessman Gaylon Kent is the Libertarian nominee,[45] Unity Party of America founder and National Chairman Bill Hammons is the Unity Party nominee,[46] and neurosurgeon and conservative activist Steve Shogan is running as an Independent.[47]

United States House of Representatives[edit]

All of Colorado's seven seats in the United States House of Representatives were up for election in 2014.

References[edit]

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