2018 Election

Colorado voters will navigate a lengthy ballot of races and propositions this fall. From funding for roads and public transit, to the balance of power in the state house, we’re looking at some of the issues and races that will most affect Coloradans.

Ballots are expected to hit mailboxes in mid-October. We believe in an informed public and know that you do, too. We’ve gathered our election coverage here to help you with your research on the issues and candidates.

Here’s a quick list of our coverage on state-wide propositions and amendments:

  • Propositions 109 and 110 - These two transportation funding measures take different approaches to the actual funding. One would raise sales taxes to fund projects, while the other would rely on finding funding elsewhere in the state's budget.
  • Proposition 112 - This proposition would increase oil and gas well setback distances -- or how far they can be built to existing homes, schools and other "vulnerable areas" to 2,500 feet.
  • Amendment A - If passed, this amendment will change to state's constitution to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime.
  • Amendment X - Hemp is currently legalized under the state constitution. Amendment X would move it to state statue, in preparation for a potential federal legalization.
  • Amendments Y and Z - If passed, these two amendments would make partisan gerrymandering illegal and set up an independent commission to oversee redistricting.
  • Amendment 73 - This amendment wants to increase funding for Colorado's schools through a few different measures, including raising some taxes and making some changes to the Gallagher Amendment. Warning: This one's complicated.

Special interest groups poured money into 16 hot political races across the country in 2018, including the one in which Democratic Rep. Jason Crow ousted five-term Republican Mike Coffman.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling that allowed unlimited spending by groups to elect or defeat candidates in 2010. A record level of spending fueled the 2018 election cycle.

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Almost half of eligible Americans voted nationwide in this year's midterm elections, making it the highest voter turnout in almost 50 years.

Colorado ranked fifth in the nation in voter turnout with 59.7 percent of eligible voters casting ballots. Montana came in tenth with a 56.6 percent voter turnout.

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The morning after the highly anticipated 2018 midterms, friends Pam Whittall, Tom Moore and David Onn sit at a small table at the Linden Street Cafe in old town Fort Collins. They come here no fewer than three days a week after yoga class.

On this day, between sips of coffee, they talked about the outcomes of Tuesday’s election.

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Gov. John Hickenlooper said he’s “satisfied” with the outcome of the midterm election, which saw Democrats make gains nationally and here in Colorado.

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President Trump is delivering remarks on Tuesday's midterm elections, where Democrats took control of the House and Republicans grew their majority in the Senate.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is expected to speak afterwards. Her party recaptured the House Tuesday and Pelosi plans to seek another term as speaker of the House. But Democrats will need to bridge the demands of progressives and moderates.

With Election Day upon us, many voters walked, biked or drove to their polling station while others, who took advantage of early or mail-in voting, spent the day like any other Tuesday.

Amid all the updates and predictions and polling — and anxiety and Twitter refreshing and over-caffeinated conversations with colleagues — we asked voters like you to share their experience at the polls.

As the first wave of early exit polls is released, you might be tempted to find some signs of which way the political winds are blowing. But a few words of caution: Exit polls are not very helpful in gauging turnout. And because so many people vote early, they are incomplete.

Courtesy of Polis for Colorado

Democrat Jared Polis is the governor-elect. In the 6th Congressional District, Jason Crow takes the win, unseating five-time incumbent Republican Mike Coffman.

Ballot measures were met with mixed support: Transportation measures 109 and 110, along with oil and gas well setback measure Proposition 112 failed, while amendments Y and Z, which address partisan gerrymandering, passed.


Follow live results for key ballot measures and state propositions across the country for the 2018 midterm elections.


Track the balance of power between the major parties in Congress as results come in for House and Senate races.