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U.S. President -- Colorado
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 George W. Bush * (R) 1,068,233  52  
 John F. Kerry (D) 960,666  47  
 Other 25,599  1  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP
EDITOR'S NOTE: Colorado has 9 out of 538 total electoral votes.
County by County Presidential Results

U.S. Senate -- Colorado
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Ken L. Salazar (D) 1,041,018  51  
 Peter H. Coors (R) 953,677  47  
 Other 43,708  2  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Colorado District 1
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Diana L. DeGette * (D) 160,169  73  
 Roland F. Chicas (R) 53,662  25  
 Other 4,685  2  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Colorado District 2
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Mark E. Udall * (D) 202,050  67  
 Steve Hackman (R) 91,404  30  
 Other 7,031  2  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Colorado District 3
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 John T. Salazar (D) 151,149  51  
 Greg E. Walcher (R) 139,237  47  
 Other 8,571  3  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Colorado District 4
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Marilyn N. Musgrave * (R) 153,607  51  
 Stan Matsunaka (D) 134,496  45  
 Other 12,450  4  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Colorado District 5
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Joel M. Hefley * (R) 189,372  71  
 Fred D. Hardee (D) 72,714  27  
 Other 6,470  2  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Colorado District 6
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Tom Tancredo * (R) 207,557  60  
 Joanna L. Conti (D) 136,082  39  
 Other 4,886  1  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

U.S. House -- Colorado District 7
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 Bob L. Beauprez * (R) 131,753  55  
 David J. Thomas (D) 102,187  43  
 Other 5,923  2  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP

Colorado Presidential Electors Referendum
Updated 11/24/04 1:59 AM ET
Precincts:100%
Incumbent* declared winner
 CandidatesVotes % 
 No 1,270,635  65  
 Yes 671,647  35  
Full Results | Key to Party Abbreviations Source: AP
EDITOR'S NOTE: Voters were asked "[s]hall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning popular proportional selection of presidential electors, and, in connection therewith, creating procedures for allocating Colorado's electoral votes for president and vice-president of the United States, based on the proportion of ballots that are cast in this state for each presidential ticket; making the terms of the proposed amendment effective so that popular proportional selection of presidential electors applies to the 2004 general election; setting forth procedures and timelines that govern the certification of election results and the potential recounting of votes in elections for presidential electors and in the election on this proposed amendment; granting the Colorado supreme court original jurisdiction for the adjudication of all contests concerning presidential electors and requiring that such matters be heard and decided on an expedited basis; and authorizing the general assembly to enact legislation to change the manner of selecting presidential electors or any of the procedures contained in this amendment?"

Colorado Politics

The Senate race generated by the retirement of Republican Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell is being watched closely throughout the nation because it could determine control of the Senate.

Republican Pete Coors, head of the Coors brewing empire, handily won the Republican primary for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat, triggering a face-off with the state's Democratic attorney general this fall.

Coors, the great-grandson of beer baron Adolph Coors, beat former Rep. Bob Schaffer.

Coors has been endorsed by several key Republicans, including the retiring Campbell and his friend and longtime supporter Gov. Bill Owens, who had earlier thrown his support to the more conservative Schaffer.

On the Democratic side, Attorney General Ken Salazar beat educator Mike Miles. Salazar, who toured the state with a cowboy hat and a populist message, said his victory proves he has statewide support.

Democrats believe the race represents a golden opportunity to gain the seat currently held by Campbell; Republicans control the Senate by a slim margin. National Democrats are hoping Salazar will attract Hispanics to the polls, possibly giving presidential candidate John Kerry a boost in November.

Campbell, who would be up for a third term, had been plagued by health problems and a longtime aide has been accused of taking kickbacks. Campbell had been considered a difficult incumbent to oust and Democrats have had trouble finding a big-name candidate to challenge him, but his announcement threw the Senate race wide open.

Republican Congressman Scott McInnis is not seeking another term to his 3rd district House seat, which he has held since 1992. In 2003, McInnis announced he was tired of Washington and wanted to return to Colorado. In 2004, he announced he would join a Denver law firm when he leaves Congress, and promised not to force a special election when he leaves.

John Salazar, the attorney general's older brother, will be the Democrat seeking the seat. He had no primary opposition. He is running against the former state natural resources chief Greg Walcher, who was declared the winner more than two weeks after the election. Walcher's race with state Rep. Matt Smith was too close to call. After some delay, Smith conceded. Democrats hope to recapture the seat for the first time since 1990.

In the 2002 elections, Republican incumbent Senator Wayne Allard defeated Democrat Tom Strickland in a rematch of their 1996 match-up that Allard also won.

Also in 2002, Republican Governor Bill Owens was re-elected to a second term, defeating Democrat Rollie Heath, a Boulder businessman.

In each of the past two years, the state has been forced to cut $1 billion because of shortfalls in revenue and constitutional requirements that bar them from raising taxes without a statewide vote.

Some politicians say Colorado's economy has started to show signs of improvement. State revenues for 2003 were nearly $78 million higher than anticipated. Business taxes are considered the reason for the increase and the state's economists warn that while business profits are improving, it is because of cost-cutting, rather than increased demand. Colorado went from being the second-best unemployment in the nation in January 2001 to 34th.

--The Associated Press

       

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Previous Presidential Votes
2000 Primary Winners
Democrats: Gore with 71.4%
Republicans: Bush with 64.7%
2000 General Election
Gore (D): 42.4%
Bush (R): 50.8%
1996 General Election
Clinton (D): 44.4%
Dole (R): 45.8%

Election Dates
Caucuses
April 13, 2004

State primary
August 10, 2004

Delegates/Electoral Votes
Democratic Delegates:
   Pledged: 53
   Unpledged: 11
   Total: 64
Republican Delegates: 50
Electoral Votes: 9






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