Colorado election results: Voters keep incumbents in House of Representatives

DENVER - Early results indicate all seven of Colorado's incumbent congressional representatives will keep their seats.


Democrat Jared Polis retains District 2 seat


Democratic Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado's higher-education member of Congress, has won a third term.

Polis defeated Republican state Sen. Kevin Lundberg on Tuesday in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, where Democrats far outnumber Republicans.

Polis was first elected in 2008 in the Boulder-based 2nd Congressional District north of Denver. Last year, the district was redrawn to include Fort Collins, so it now includes both the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.

Polis is the first openly gay non-incumbent elected to Congress. He favors same-sex marriage rights and is one of the few members of Congress to back marijuana legalization.


Mike Coffman, GOP, reelected to represent District 6


Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman has been re-elected in the newly competitive 6th Congressional District seat in Denver's south suburbs.

Coffman defeated Democratic state lawmaker Joe Miklosi on Tuesday in a district made more competitive by redistricting. Republicans have held the seat since it was created after the 1980 census.

Coffman overcame some early obstacles, including controversy over remarks he made questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. He also faced criticism from Democrats for his previous support for a "personhood" measure to ban abortions in all cases.


District 7 incumbent Ed Perlmutter reelected


Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter defeated Republican Joe Coors on Tuesday to win a fourth term in the 7th Congressional District that encompasses Denver's suburbs.

The race was a showdown between Perlmutter, who presented himself as the district's everyman, and Coors, the wealthy challenger who is a member of Colorado's first family of beer.

Perlmutter was first elected in 2006. The district has a large number of unaffiliated voters and both parties consider it competitive.

Perlmutter is a big supporter of renewable energy and veteran services.

Coors is the great-grandson of Adolph Coors, who started the famous Coors brewery. Coors spent $3.1 million of his own money on his campaign.


GOP US Rep. Scott Tipton keeps 3rd District seat


Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton has retained Colorado's sprawling 3rd Congressional District seat by defeating Democratic state lawmaker Sal Pace.

Tipton won a second term on Tuesday in a swing district the size of Arkansas that covers the western and southern portions of Colorado. The district historically is one of the state's most competitive because of its nearly equal shares of Republican, Democrat and unaffiliated voters.

Tipton had a slow fundraising start to his re-election bid. But he accelerated with party support and mounted a strong campaign with dozens of town hall meetings and a message of smaller government with less regulation.

Tipton was first elected in 2010 with tea party support.


Gardner wins re-election in Colorado's 4th District


Republican Rep. Cory Gardner has defeated a former colleague in the state Legislature to win a second term in Congress.

Gardner faced Democratic Sen. Brandon Shaffer on Tuesday in Colorado's 4th Congressional District, which includes rural eastern Colorado and some areas in Denver's southern suburbs.

Gardner was first elected to Congress in 2010, defeating Democrat Betsy Markey. The 4th District was since redrawn to become even safer for Republicans.

Shaffer seldom criticized Gardner during the campaign. He ran a general anti-incumbent campaign, hoping to exploit the public's dim view of members of Congress.

Gardner emphasized his family's farming background and said he's a better fit for the rural, conservative district.


DeGette wins 9th term representing Denver in DC


Colorado's longest-serving member of Congress has won a ninth term in the House.

Rep. Diana DeGette easily defeated Republican challenger Danny Stroud on Tuesday.

DeGette was the clear favorite in the overwhelmingly Democratic 1st Congressional District, which includes the entire city of Denver.

The 1st District became a bit less Democratic after 2010 redistricting. It now includes the communities of Sheridan, Englewood and Cherry Hills Village, bringing more Republican voters.

But it still has the highest percentage of registered Democrats of any Colorado district at 45 percent. The court that drew new congressional districts did not describe DeGette's as competitive.

DeGette was first elected in 1996, succeeding Democratic Rep. Patricia Schroeder.


Rep. Doug Lamborn wins re-election in 5th CD


Republican congressman Doug Lamborn has won re-election in Colorado's most Republican district, based in Colorado Springs.

Lamborn had no Democratic opposition in the 5th Congressional District on Tuesday. It's the most unfriendly territory for a Democrat of any district in Colorado.

Lamborn was first elected to the U.S. House in 2006 and will now serve a fourth term. The 5th District was only marginally changed during last year's congressional redistricting.

Lamborn faced a first-time independent challenger, Dave Anderson, and three third-party candidates.

Anderson courted Democratic voters but insisted he is not a Democrat. The district hasn't elected a Democrat since it was created in 1972.

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