Election live blog: Here’s what we’re watching tonight

Colorado governor, senator, secretary of state and local races — there’s plenty to pay attention to.

Samantha Rhodes completes her civic duty for the November, 2020 election outside of the Carla Madison Rec Center on Colfax Avenue. Oct. 16, 2020.

Samantha Rhodes completes her civic duty for the November, 2020 election outside of the Carla Madison Rec Center on Colfax Avenue. Oct. 16, 2020.

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Hello. It is your Election Day.


📍 Here’s a map of Denver ballot drop boxes. You can vote until 7 p.m.

📊 We’ll have results here when they start rolling in after 7.

🏘️ Some local races, like this one for HD6, might tell us a little bit about what to expect for the next year or so in Denver politics.

🏛️ The race for governor is on. Today we’re expected to learn who the Republican nominee will be. Here’s what Denverites might watch for in that.

⌨️How we’re covering the election (because it is just a little different!)


8:33 p.m.: The second round of results just dropped, and the Epps/March race is still close.

Katie March continued to have a slight lead over Elisabeth Epps in the House District 6 race, and Johnnie Nguyen had a small lead over Wanda James in the University of Colorado Regent race.

— Kyle Harris


7:49 p.m.: The longest serving congress person from Colorado has done it again!

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette has been serving the Denver area in Congress since 1997, and it looks like her reign will continue. DeGette beat Neal Walia tonight, according to the AP, and will go on to challenge Republican Jennifer Qualteri in November.

DeGette’s district leans incredibly Democratic, though, so she’s likely a shoo-in.

— Ana Campbell


7:36 p.m.: Here’s how Denver’s voting tonight (early results, mind you!).

No surprise, in the first round of results from the primary election, Diana DeGette is leading with 84.57% of the vote. Wanda James and Johnnie Nguyen are neck and neck in their run for the Regent of the University of Colorado. And in the most heated race, House District 6, Democrat Katie March has a slight lead over Elisabeth Epps.

The next round of results drops at 8:30!

— Kyle Harris


7 p.m.: Polls are closed and early results are in, baby.

Follow the results we’re watching here.

— Ana Campbell


6:35 p.m.: Here’s…what else is going on!

As for Democrats running for federal office, Sen. Michael Bennet and District 6 Representative Jason Crow are running uncontested, while in District 1, newcomer Neal Walia has taken on longtime Rep. Diana DeGette. She has historically won Democratic primaries and general elections by wide margins.
No Democrats are taking on Jared Polis for governor, Jena Griswold for Secretary of State or Dave Young for State Treasurer.
There’s also the Democratic District 1 bout between University of Colorado Regent candidates, marijuana entrepreneur, racial justice and drug policy activist Wanda James versus Johnnie Nguyen, who is running his campaign on policies focused on “mental health, gun-safety, collective bargaining, diversity, and first-generation students.”
No doubt, the Republican Party has a more interesting night in the big races — even if most Denver voters lean Democratic. Ron Hanks and Joe O’Dea are vying to run against Michael Bennet in the U.S. Senate race. Greg Lopez and Heidi Ganahl are competing to take on Polis in the general election. Tina Peters, Mike O’Donnell and Pam Anderson are running to take on incumbent Griswold. Ganahl, an entrepreneur who founded a successful dog daycare company and currently serves as a University of Colorado Regent, is the only Republican holding statewide office.
— Kyle Harris

6:17 p.m. Things in Denver aren’t too exciting tonight, except for one race.

When it comes to races in the Colorado legislature, Denver doesn’t have the most exciting night ahead.

Only one seat is competitive: The Democratic race in House District 6, between Elisabeth Epps, a grassroots candidate with deep activist roots in the police accountability and abolitionist movements. Epps is running to the left of establishment favorite Katie March, who has received massive donations from hard to track groups.

Every other Democratic candidate is uncontested in the primary. As for Republicans, ever candidate is uncontested, and in House District 7 and Senate District 34, the party has no candidate.

— Kyle Harris

6:07 p.m.: A peak inside the “black box” that is Colorado’s unaffiliated voters

They make up a third of voters in the state, but they lean Democrat. Turnout for this group is trending lower since Colorado opened its primary. CPR News’ Megan Verlee considers why.

— Ana Campbell


5:53 p.m.: Let’s check in on those ballot returns!

Sadly they were pretty low as of 3:30 p.m., with only 26 percent of ballots returned statewide. And youths are pretty underrepresented; voters ages 55 and over account for 67 percent of ballots. Here’s more from 9News’ Marshall Zelinger.
— Ana Campbell

5:45 p.m.: How we’re covering the race, otherwise known as the Peoples’ Agenda

We went to places like Little Saigon off Federal, the Hiawatha Davis rec center, Wah Gwaan Brewery off Santa Fe, libraries — basically anywhere Denverites frequent — and spoke to 100 of you about your priorities for the election. And it’s those issues that we’ll be focusing on during the primary — today! — and in the general election in November, when Coloradans will vote for a governor and secretary of state, among other government higher-ups, and Denver will be mulling representatives at the State House and Congress.
Check out what you told us mattered, and what now matters to us ahead of November.

— Ana Campbell


2:50 p.m.: Here’s the plan for the day.

Now through 7 p.m., people are voting. Although they also have been doing that for about the past month, of course. Here’s a map of Denver ballot drop boxes, in case you’re just getting around to it now.

Not long after that, we’ll start seeing some results. You can check out featured races or the whole state’s results here on our site, or you can check them out via the Secretary of State. You can also see just Denver’s results through the city’s website. Take your pick.

Ana, Desiree and Kyle, with help from Alex, Sarah and other pals at CPR News, will be reporting and writing stories as results come in. You can check back right here for those — or, better yet, sign up below for our emails, so we can alert you at a couple of key moments later tonight.

— Dave Burdick

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