Polis, Stapleton to face off for Colorado governor's seat
DENVER –  Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton won their respective celebration primaries Tuesday for the Colorado governor’s race, setting up a left-versus-Trump showdown as Republicans seek a seat they have not held in far more than a decade.
The liberal Polis, a 5-term congressman, and Stapleton, who has closely aligned himself with President Donald Trump’s immigration and tax policies, effortlessly defeated 3 challengers each and every in the top race of this purple state’s midterm main.
The two traded early barbs more than taxes and health care in their respective victory speeches.
"Make no error: As governor, Jared Polis will raise each tax and fee he can to take much more money from hardworking Coloradans," Stapleton mentioned.
Polis vowed to protect Colorado residents from efforts to dismantle the Reasonably priced Care Act, and reiterated a pledge to safe cost-free preschool and kindergarten for all Colorado children. He mentioned these plans stand "in stark contrast to Walker Stapleton’s agenda to enrich the specific interests, threaten our overall health care, and leave our families behind."
As a Democrat, Polis is an early, though far from assured, preferred to turn out to be Colorado’s subsequent governor. Colorado’s final Republican governor was Bill Owens, who served from 1999 to 2007. Centrist Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is term-limited.
In other races, Democrat Jason Crow won the principal in suburban Denver’s 6th Congressional District to attempt to unseat five-term Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman. Doug Lamborn, the six-term Republican congressman in El Paso County’s 5th Congressional District, very easily won his main and is a heavy preferred to maintain the seat.
The contest to succeed Hickenlooper topped the primary, one in which unaffiliated voters, the state’s largest voting bloc, could participate with no getting to affiliate with one particular or the other of the key parties. A voter-passed 2016 initiative permitted them to do so.
Polis, a tech entrepreneur and 1 of the wealthiest members of Congress, advocates single-payer wellness care, local handle more than Colorado’s $31 billion oil and gas business and lofty renewable energy ambitions for the state.
He invested $12 million in his campaign and is a fierce critic of the Trump administration’s immigration policies and efforts to dismantle the Inexpensive Care Act.
Stapleton, a distant relative of President George W. Bush, closely wedded himself to Trump on virtually every single concern &mdash even refusing to condemn the Trump administration’s immigrant family separation policies &mdash except trade, where he opposes tariffs that could produce a trade war and harm Colorado industries.
He welcomed the federal repeal in the person mandate that aids subsidize the Inexpensive Care Act and has pledged to fight any public expansion, specifically when it comes to Medicaid.
Stapleton has attacked Polis as someone who would chase energy jobs out of Colorado, and he also opposes Polis’ pledge to modify a constitutional amendment that severely restricts Colorado’s ability to raise taxes or spending.
Polis argues that Colorado’s speedy population growth &mdash 5.six million people and counting &mdash demands a fiscal system that enables the state to invest necessary billions of dollars in its underfunded infrastructure and public education.
A former state board of education member and founder of English-language schools for immigrants, Polis defeated former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy, who was endorsed by Colorado’s teachers unions. Former state Sen. Mike Johnston, an educator and gun manage advocate, and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne also ran.
Stapleton defeated former state Rep. Vic Mitchell, who invested nearly $five million in his personal campaign Doug Robinson, a initial-time candidate and nephew of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and businessman Greg Lopez.
A preliminary count recommended that unaffiliated voters, Colorado’s largest voting bloc, helped generate a surge in turnout by participating in either the Democratic or the Republican main. Early numbers showed far more than 30 % of active voters casting ballots, a high percentage for a non-presidential election year.
Associated Press writers Brian Eason and Kathleen Foody contributed to this report.
Published at Wed, 27 Jun 2018 03:39:00 +0000