Jared Polis (left) and Walker Stapleton (right) are the Democratic and Republican candidates for Colorado governor.

Nathaniel Minor and Alex Scoville/CPR News

Colorado Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is banking on his wealth, entrepreneurial experience and anti-Donald Trump sentiment as he seeks to win over independents in his quest to succeed term-limited centrist Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Polis' Republican opponent, state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, is appealing to Colorado's large independent voting bloc, calling the liberal Polis "too extreme" for Colorado. He argues Colorado cannot afford Polis' ideas for tackling underfunded schools and roads and renewable energy standards.

Where do the candidates stand on the issues? We've lined up a comparison of the major party candidates below. For more in-depth information, click on either "Yes," "No," or "It's Complicated." The Unity Party ticket is Bill Hammons & Eric Bodenstab and Scott Helker and Michele Poague represent the Libertarian Party.


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