Walker Stapleton speaks after he met with the Republican nomination won to run for Colorado during an election night watch party in Greenwood Village, Colo., June 26, 2018.
DENVER – democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton won their respective party primaries Tuesday for the Colorado governor’s race, the establishment of a left-versus-Trump showdown, as Republicans try a place they have not held in more than a decade.
The liberal Polis, a five-term Congressman, and Stapleton, who has closely himself with President Donald Trump, immigration and tax policy, easily defeated three opponents in the top race in the purple state between the examination of the elementary school.
The two traded early barbs on taxes and health care in their respective victory speeches.
“Make no mistake: As a Governor, to increase Jared Polis every tax and fee he can said more money from hardworking Coloradans,” Stapleton.
Polis sworn to protect Colorado residents from the efforts to the resolution of the Affordable Care Act, and reaffirms a commitment to the security of the free preschool and kindergarten for all Colorado children. He said these plans are “in stark contrast to Walker Stapleton in the agenda to enrich special interests that threaten our health and our families.”
As a Democrat, Polis is a start, but far from guaranteed, the favorite to be Colorado’s next Governor. Colorado is the last Republican Governor Bill Owens, who served from 1999 to 2007. Centrist Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s term-limited.
U.S. Rep Jared Polis, the waves of the quantity, while the acceptance of the nomination by the Democrats for the Colorado governor’s race at an election night rally in Broomfield, Colo. June 26, 2018.
In other races, Democrat Jason Crow elementary school won in a suburb of Denver’s 6th Congressional District, to overthrow, to try, five-term Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman. Doug Lamborn, the six-term Republican Congressman, El Paso County ‘ s 5th Congressional District, easily won the primary and is a heavy favorite to hold the seat.
To be crowned the competition to be successful Hickenlooper, the primary, were able to participate in the uncommitted voters, the state’s largest voting bloc, without a ner, with one or the other of the major parties. A voters to pass in 2016, the initiative allows you to do this.
Polis, a tech entrepreneur and one of the richest members of Congress, the advocates of single-payer health care, local control of Colorado’s $31 billion in oil and gas industry and high renewable energy goals for the state.
He invested $ 12 million into his campaign and is a sharp critic of Trump’s management of immigration policy, and efforts to the resolution of the Affordable Care Act.
Stapleton, a distant relative of President George W. Bush, closely connected, to Outdo, to almost any question, even the refusal to condemn the Trump administration, immigrant-family-separation policy — non-trade, where he was against the tariffs, which could produce a trade war and damage to Colorado industries.
He welcomed the Federal repeal of the individual mandate help the Affordable Care Act to subsidize, and has pledged to fight, all of the public expansion, especially when it comes to Medicaid.
Stapleton has been attacked Polis, as someone who chase energy jobs in Colorado, and he is also against Polis’ pledge to change, a constitutional amendment that severely limits Colorado the ability to control to increase or expenditure.
Polis argued that Colorado-investing in the rapid growth of population — 5.6 million people and is one of the requirements of a tax system that allows the state to, took billions of dollars in his under-funded infrastructure and public education.
A former state board of education member and founder of English language school for immigrants, Polis defeated former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy, who was supported by Colorado teachers unions. Former state Sen. Mike Johnston, an educator and a gun control advocate, and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne also ran.
Stapleton defeated former state Rep. Vic Mitchell, who invested nearly $5 million in his own campaign, Doug Robinson, a first-time candidate and the nephew of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; and businessman Greg Lopez.
A preliminary count suggested that the uncommitted voters, Colorado’s largest voting bloc, have contributed to an increase in voter turnout by participating in either the Democratic or the Republican primary. Early on, more than 30 percent of active voters casting ballots, a high percentage numbers showed for a non-presidential election year.
Associated press writer Brian Eason and Kathleen contributed to Foody this report.