CSAHU Election Report

Posted: November 15, 2018


As you already know the Democrats swept the Statewide offices (Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Secretary of State) but also gaining control of the State Senate by a decisive 19-16 majority while increasing their majority in the State House 41-24. The Democratic “trifecta” will create a significant impact on legislation at the General Assembly, the state budget, and cabinet appointments.

However, Colorado voters resoundingly rejected regulatory overreach (Proposition 112 – energy development setbacks) and tax increases (Amendment 73 – school funding; Proposition 110 – transportation infrastructure).  While municipal tax increases were successful in Denver and Boulder, state-wide voters took a notably more conservative approach – even while electing Democratic candidates.

State Senate Republicans held a majority in the Senate by an 18-16-1 margin heading into the 2018 election. The primary focus was on three key Senate races (SDs 16, 20, 24) to determine future control of the Senate. Whichever party won two out of those three races would have the majority.

The Democratic candidates swept all three of the key races. Tammy Story (D) beat incumbent Senator Tim Neville (R) in SD 16, Representative Jessie Danielson (D) beat businesswoman Christine Jensen (R) in SD 20, and Representative Faith Winter (D) beat incumbent Senator Beth Martinez Humenik (R) in SD 24. 

Ballots Cast

Colorado has historically been a state that is fairly evenly divided between Republicans, Democrats, and Unaffiliated voters. As you can see in the graphic below, Democrats and Unaffiliated voters outperformed Republican voters in the 2018 CO election. 


Candidate Races

Control of the State Senate was regarded by many as one of the most important issues during this election, since it move the legislature from split control to single-party control.  

Notable upsets include moderate Republican Cole Wist (R-Centennial) losing his seat to gun control advocate Tom Sullivan (D-Centennial).  Historically competitive House District 3 was no longer competitive, with incumbent Democrat Jeff Bridges besting Republican Toren Mushovic by 20 points.

Leadership caucus elections took place at the Capitol last week as well, click here to view the 2019 caucus leadership with bios. 

Please click here to access the document outlining the final results of the statewide ballot issue results.