Colorado Congressional Races Set After Primaries Winnow Field

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There were no surprises among the handful of competitive primaries in Colorado’s congressional districts on Tuesday.

The favorites won in the three most closely watched races: Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette turned back insurgent Saira Rao in the First District; Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn beat a field of challengers in the Fifth District; and Democrat Jason Crow topped Levi Tillemann in the Sixth District.

That sets up these races in the November general election:

District 1

Democrat: Rep. Diana DeGette

Republican: Charles Stockham

DeGette, a 11-term incumbent in the heavily liberal district that includes Denver, will face Stockham for the second straight election. DeGette handily defeated Stockham in 2016.

District 2

Democrat: Joe Neguse

Republican: Peter Yu

Neguse and Yu are squaring off to replace Rep. Jared Polis, who is now the Democratic nominee for governor.

District 3

Democrat: Diane Mitsch Bush

Republican: Rep. Scott Tipton

Mitsch Bush is a former county commissioner and state lawmaker from Steamboat Springs. She’ll face four-term incumbent Tipton, who beat his Democratic challenger in 2016 by more than 50,000 votes.

District 4

Democrat: Karen McCormick

Republican: Rep. Ken Buck

McCormick, a Longmont veterinarian, will take on two-term incumbent Ken Buck in the conservative-leaning district that covers Weld County and most of the Eastern Plains.

District 5

Democrat: Stephany Rose Spaulding

Republican: Rep. Doug Lamborn

Lamborn survived yet another primary challenge in the uber-conservative District that includes Colorado Springs. He’ll face Spaulding, a faculty member from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs’ Women’s and Ethnic Studies department.

District 6

Democrat: Jason Crow

Republican: Rep. Mike Coffman

Coffman represents what is likely Colorado’s most competitive Congressional District, which covers Denver’s Eastern suburbs including Aurora. He’ll face Crow, an Army vet and lawyer.

District 7

Democrat: Rep. Ed Perlmutter

Republican: Mark Barrington

Perlmutter will seek his seventh term in office against Barrington, a small business owner from Lakewood.