Presidential Primary Bill Faces Long Odds In Colorado Legislature

May 10, 2016

With just two days left in the legislative session, the odds are now against legislation to create a presidential primary in Colorado. 

The chances of a bill passing took a significant hit Monday night, when a Senate version died before debate even took place.

A House bill is still alive, but it’s not exactly kicking – according to Democratic Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, who sponsors both bills.

“The prospects of that being introduced in time for us to work that bill doesn’t look very good either," Guzman said.

Lawmakers are struggling over what do with unaffiliated voters. The surviving bill allows unaffiliated voters to participate, but only if they temporarily register with a party.

The bipartisan legislation seeks to move Colorado away from a presidential caucus – which has been panned by voters of all political stripes.