Is There A Republican On Colorado’s Democratic Primary Ballot? No — But It’s Weird

February 17, 2020
Our questioner wanted to know: isn't Rocky De La Fuente a Republican candidate? Yes, but his son isn't.Our questioner wanted to know: isn't Rocky De La Fuente a Republican candidate? Yes, but his son isn't.
Our questioner wanted to know: isn't Rocky De La Fuente a Republican candidate? Yes, but his son isn't.

Eagle-eyed voter Joyce Sanders wrote in to Colorado Wonders raise what could have been a big problem.

"Did you know that a Republican name is on the democrat ballot for the primaries?? Roque 'Rocky' De La Fuente III. Check it out and please let everyone know!!"

You can imagine that set off a bit of a mad scramble with those of us responsible for helping voters make informed decisions.

And sure enough, we quickly confirmed a confusing discrepancy. On the Colorado Secretary of State's list of qualifying presidential primary candidates, Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente III is listed as a Democrat. But surf over to the Federal Elections Commission, and you'll find Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente as a Republican, and one with $15 million dollars in his campaign accounts, no less.

What's going on? Well, it's a family affair.

The Rocky on the federal website is a California businessman and perennial presidential candidate. He has run as a third party candidate, but decided instead to challenge president Trump directly through the Republican primary. But it would appear that he never submitted the necessary paperwork to get on Colorado's ballot.

The Rocky who is on Colorado's ballot is his son, apparently known in the family as RD3. He's also listed on the FEC website, as a Democrat, but the link doesn't go anywhere. He does not appear to have a campaign website.

So yes: there are two Rocky De La Fuentes running in the presidential primary, in different parties, but only one of them appears on Colorado ballots.

Confusing? Definitely. But are our ballots incorrect? No.

Are you curious about something in the Centennial State? Ask us a question via Colorado Wonders and we’ll try to find the answer.

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