Feb 28, 2022 - News

Colorado caucuses to kick off 2022 election with eyes on GOP

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Starting Tuesday, faithful Democrats and Republicans will gather at community centers, libraries and schools across Colorado for the official start of the 2022 election.

What's happening: It's caucus time.

Why it matters: The grassroots party meetings are designed to allow candidates — often those with little money but strong support — to qualify for the ballot by earning the endorsement of their fellow party members.

  • Colorado is one of only a handful of states that still holds a caucus.

How it works: The respective parties will select delegates at the caucuses who will advance to county, district and state assemblies, all along advocating for their preferred candidates to get on the ballot.

  • The caucuses will run through Saturday, with some hosted in person and others virtually.
  • A candidate who receives 30% support from the delegates at the April 9 state assembly will qualify for the June primary ballot.
  • The other way to qualify is collecting voter signatures on petitions.

What to watch: With Democrats holding power, all the attention is focused on which candidates the Republican Party picks to challenge for U.S. Senate and governor.

  • The GOP is fractured by former President Trump and the 2020 election.
  • Both parties have crowded races for the new 8th Congressional District, as well.
  • This year, the parties won't hold an official straw poll at the caucus to gauge support, but the mood of the partisans who gather will foreshadow what's to come.

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