Battleground Friday: Colorado's 6th Congressional District

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Colorado's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Mike Coffman Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mike Coffman Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Toss Up[2]

Colorado U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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By the Congress team


In the next profile of our 2014 battleground districts, Ballotpedia is taking an in-depth look at Colorado's 6th Congressional District's 2014 election.

Current incumbent: Mike Coffman (Colorado) (R) was first elected to the House in 2008. In 2012, he defeated challenger Joe Miklosi (D) by 2%.[3]

Coffman is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[4] He is also one of three vulnerable Republican members of the House, who represent substantially Hispanic districts, to be targeted by TV ads from Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC. The ads provide a preview to Democratic plans to turn immigration into a key issue and brand Republicans as unwilling to embrace immigration reform.[5][6][7][8]

2012 MOV: Coffman won the seat in 2012 with a margin of victory of 2% over Joe Miklosi (D). The two candidates were separated by 6,992 votes.

2014 candidates: There is only one candidate challenging Coffman for the seat, Democrat Andrew Romanoff. Romanoff is a former member of the Colorado House of Representatives. He served eight years in the House, two as minority leader and four as Speaker of the House.[9] He has the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the House Majority PAC has already reserved $425,330 in airtime in the district for Fall 2014.[10][11][12]

What made it a Ballotpedia battleground district?: Our analysis points to the district being a battleground with a fairly even split of registered Democratic and Republican voters. Cook's PVI shows the district as D+1, while Fairvote rates the district as 54.9% Republican. Additionally, the MOV in 2012 was only 2% and the district was won by President Barack Obama by 5.1% in 2012 and 8.7% in 2008.

FEC: April Quarterly reports from the Federal Election Commission show challenger Andrew Romanoff with a slight fundraising advantage over Coffman. Romanoff raised a total of $2,607,980 this cycle and is sitting on $2,098,619 cash on hand.[13] Coffman ended the year with contributions totaling $2,608,311 and $1,844,742 cash on hand.[14]

The information above was compiled following the Colorado candidate filing deadline. Please find all further updates on the 6th District's election page.
Colorado's 6th Congressional District
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Population: 744,526
Gender: 51% Female, 49% Male
Race: 77.3% White, 8.8% Black, 5.0% Asian
Ethnicity: 19.6% Hispanic
Unemployment: 9.2%
Median household income: $63,513
High school graduation rate: 90.8%
College graduation rate: 39.1%

See also