The Colorado Primary races have received a lot of national press. The results should receive even more press.
Dan Maes 51%
Scott McInnis 49%
John Hickenlooper – unopposed
Ken Buck 52%
Jane Norton 48%
Michael Bennet 54%
Andrew Romanoff 46%
The drama in the Governor’s race was the two, somewhat flawed Republican candidates, elbowing each other to move further to the right. So flawed were they that Republican political poseur, Tom Tancredo told them that the winner should step down and if they didn’t, he’d run as a third party candidate. They didn’t, he did.
The drama in the Republican Senate race was again, two somewhat flawed Republican candidates, elbowing each other to move further to the right. Buck, the winner, was the Tea Party favorite, despite the fact that they called them dumb asses, probably the only true thing he said on the campaign trail (side note: you really have to be a dumb ass to support someone who calls you a dumb ass). Buck portrays himself as a good-ol’-boy anti-government outsider. However the Princeton alum spent time as a Washington staffer who has been chided for improper ethics.
The drama in the Democratic Senate race was Clinton (Bill) vs. Obama. Clinton (marginally) supported Romanoff, Obama supported Bennet. Had Bennet lost, it would have been reported as a referendum on Obama.
All the campaigns were pretty nasty. The exception was the Bennet campaign where he clearly articulated what he thought were our highest priorities and how we should deal with them. The only time he attacked his opponent was to clarify that the attacks against him were false.
So here’s the way the elections are shaking out: the Republicans elected fringe candidates, the Democrats put up moderates. Should be interesting.