DENVER (CBS4) – Republican Walker Stapleton has won his party’s primary for governor of Colorado.
Stapleton defeated challengers Victor Mitchell, Greg Lopez and Doug Robinson, all businessmen.
With 70 percent of precincts reporting, Stapleton had 49.35% of the vote.
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“Elections are about choices. They are about the direction we want to see Colorado head in the future. Tonight we celebrate the first step. We will offer Colorado a hopeful economic vision for all of our children,” Stapleton said in his acceptance speech.
Watch the complete speech below:
The campaigns spent millions of dollars on political advertising in the final weeks leading up to Tuesday’s primary.
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Stapleton will be facing Democratic nominee Jared Polis.
“Jared Polis supports a government takeover of your health care. As your governor, I will tackle our health care problems with common sense solutions,” Stapleton said.
Stapleton also touched on Colorado’s economic industry.
“The other side thinks this is an all or nothing proposition. And Jared Polis will driver 230,000 out of Colorado and take a $32 billion economic impact away from our state. We cannot have that,” he said.
The general election will take place on Nov. 6. If he wins that he would become the first Republican governor of Colorado since Gov. Bill Owens.