Democrats ceded control of the Colorado state Senate to the GOP Saturday, setting up a divided Legislature after two years of Democratic control.
In Tuesday’s election, Republicans picked up at least two seats in the state House and could take control of the Senate, depending on how one lingering race turns out. That means Colorado would have a split legislature.
The votes are still being counted in Colorado’s gubernatorial race, and Gov. John Hickenlooper has taken a very slight lead.
Many Coloradans didn’t waste time when they got their ballots in the mail this year.
More than 1 million Coloradans have cast their ballots ahead of next week’s election.
Democrats are cutting into the GOP’s edge in Colorado midterm election ballot returns. But Republicans remain about 85,000 ballots ahead of Democrats with less than a week to go.
Colorado’s Congressional District 6 is one of the most highly competitive in the country. By the third week of October, outside groups had poured more than $7.5 million into spending on the race.
Republicans and tea party members thrashed President Barack Obama and Democrats over the red-meat topics of immigration, school choice and fracking at a conservative conference this weekend.
The current immigration crisis involving minors from Central America may provide a major advantage for Democrats this fall.
With the situation in Iraq devolving by the minute, Republicans may have a foreign affairs trifecta to pin on Democrats throughout the 2014 election.