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Colorado tea party members work to retain state Senate majority

Tea party Republicans in Colorado are encouraging friends and family to deliver their mail-in ballots in person to ensure that their party retains its slim one-seat majority in the state Senate. Three competitive state Senate races threaten the conservative majority, with the state House firmly held by Democrats.

Arapahoe Tea Party Chairman Randy Corporon, 59, said he did away with a midterm tradition of casting his vote on Election Day to return his ballot early because he’s concerned that Rep. Jared Polis (D) will win the governor’s race over Republican State Treasurer Walker Stapleton. Polis is polling more than 6 percentage points ahead as of late October, according to a RealClearPolitics average of several surveys.

“For me, Polis is a bridge too far,” Corporon said. “We can’t afford single-payer health care and to have our energy industry be more regulated.”

A Denver-area lawyer, Corporon said Trump has “made a believer out of me. I’ve been very impressed with his aggressive manner. Republicans who don’t fight, lose.”

Corporate and small business tax cuts approved by Congress are allowing Corporon to double the size of his Aurora office space, and he plans to supplement benefits for his employees and add support staff with $70,000 his accountant estimates he will save when he files next year’s taxes.

“That’s one of the reasons I’m so adamantly voting a Republican ticket this year,” Corporon said. “I don’t want to see any of that stopped or interfered with. It’s just getting started.”

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Democrats took the House, Republicans held the Senate, and key races around the country were still too close to call.

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