Nov 9, 2022 - News

Democrats post historic wins in Colorado to control Capitol

U.S. Sen Michael Bennet celebrates victory at a Democratic election night watch party at the Art Hotel Denver on Tuesday. Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

U.S. Sen Michael Bennet celebrates victory at a Democratic election night watch party at the Art Hotel Denver on Tuesday. Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Colorado remains firmly in Democratic hands as the party won the U.S. Senate race, five statewide contests and key victories down the ballot.

BFD: The 2022 midterms represent the first time in Colorado history that Democrats won back-to-back elections to hold complete control of the state Capitol, statewide races and congressional delegations.

Driving the news: U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet soundly defeated his opponent in a must-win race for Democrats, Gov. Jared Polis easily won re-election and Democrats maintained control of the General Assembly.

  • In congressional battles, Democrat Brittany Pettersen won decisively in the open 7th District, and Yadira Caraveo and Adam Frisch are competitive in the 8th and 3rd districts, respectively — both of which favored Republicans.

Why it matters: At the state level, Democrats kept complete control over lawmaking at the Capitol — which they first won in 2018, a much more favorable political year for the party.

  • Nationwide, Colorado emerged as one of the bright spots for Democrats despite major headwinds, and victories in congressional races helped the party hold important ground.

What they're saying: "We had the biggest night in the country," state House Speaker Alec Garnett (D-Denver) told Axios at the party's celebration downtown. "The Republicans are as lost a party in Colorado as I've ever seen."

The other side: "I just don’t think you can sugarcoat it. This was a devastating wipeout, almost across the board," George Brauchler, a Republican and former candidate for attorney general, told us at the sullen GOP gathering in the Denver Tech Center.

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