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Colorado 2010 legislative election results

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2010 Legislative Election Results

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Colorado State Senate Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the Colorado State Senate. For results in individual contests see our Colorado State Senate elections, 2010 page. The following is a breakdown of the state senate before and after the election:

Colorado State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 21 20
     Republican Party 14 15
Total 35 35


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State Senate Overview:

  • There were 13 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. Only 1 incumbent lost, and thus 12 incumbents were re-elected to the Colorado State Senate.
  • No Republican incumbents lost in the general election, while 1 Democratic incumbent lost.
  • There will be 7 new senators sworn-in. Of those 7, 3 are Democrats and 4 are Republicans
  • Of the 19 seats up for election, 10 were won by Democrats and 9 by Republicans.
  • 1 candidate was unopposed, a Republican.
  • Only 3 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 1,167 state senate seats up for election in 2010, incumbents ran for 894 (76.6%) of them. Of these 894, 94 lost their re-election bids, 89 Democrats and 5 Republicans. In Colorado, six incumbent senators did not run for re-election on the November 2 ballot, while 13 incumbents (68.4%) ran for re-election. Of these 13 incumbents, 1 was defeated. He was a Democrat.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

Chris Romer, first elected to the Colorado State Senate in 2006

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

Incumbents defeated

Bruce Whitehead, first appointed to the state senate in 2009, was defeated in 2010.

The following is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Bruce Whitehead

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:

Ellen Roberts defeated incumbent Bruce Whitehead in the general election.


CandidatePartyDistrict
Ellen Roberts

New State Senators and General Election Winners

388 new senators were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 388, 278 were Republicans and 110 were Democrats. In Colorado, 7 new senators will be sworn-in. Of those 7, 3 are Democrats and 4 are Republicans. In the 6 open seat contests, Republicans won 3 and Democrats 3. In total, Colorado elected 19 senators, 9 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

Newly elected senators

Steve King was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 2010

The following are the newly-elected members of the Colorado State Senate:

Democratic

Republican

Open Seat Winners

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic

Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the Colorado State Senate:

Democratic

Gail Schwartz was first elected to the senate in 2006. She was re-elected in 2010.

Republican

Competitiveness

Kent Lambert, the only unopposed senate candidate in 2010

Across the nation, 1,167 state senate seats were up for election in 2010. 1,143 of those seats were partisan seats (24 seats were up for election in Nebraska's nonpartisan unicameral legislature). In 320 (28.0%) of these state senate contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In Colorado, 1 candidate (5.3% of seats) faced no major party opposition. He was a Republican.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

No candidates were unopposed.

Republican

Ballot Access

Across the nation, 140 independent or third party candidates ran for state senate. In Colorado, 3 (7.7%) of the 39 senate candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate. None were elected on November 2.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010:

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2010 Legislative Election Results

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Colorado State House Election Results

This page contains macro-level election results and analysis for the Colorado House of Representatives. For results in individual contests, see our Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2010. The following is a breakdown of the state house before and after the election:

Colorado House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 37 32
     Republican Party 27 33
     Independent 1
Total 65 65


What You'll See on This Page

This page will display the following lists of candidates

  • Incumbents who ran on November 2
  • Incumbents who were defeated
  • Challengers who defeated an incumbent
  • Newly elected senators
  • List of all winners
  • Unopposed candidates
  • Third party candidates

State House Overview:

  • There were 50 incumbents who ran in the November 2 general election. Only 6 incumbents lost, and thus 44 incumbents were re-elected to the Colorado House of Representatives.
  • Five incumbent who lost were Democrats, and one was an Independent.
  • There will be 20 new representatives sworn-in. Of those 20, 8 are Democrats and 12 are Republicans
  • Of the 65 seats up for election, 32 were won by Democrats and 33 by Republicans.
  • 11 candidates were unopposed, all of them Republicans.
  • Only 6 candidates ran as an independent or third party candidate in the general election.

Incumbency Analysis

Of the 4,958 state house seats up for election, incumbents ran in the general election for 4,091 (79.5%) of them. Of these 4,091 incumbents, 413 lost their re-election bids, 403 Democrats and 10 Republicans. In Colorado, 50 (82.9%) incumbents ran in the general election. Of these 50, 6 incumbent representatives were defeated. One was an Independent and 5 were Democrats.

Incumbents who ran on November 2

The following is a list of all of the incumbents who ran on the November 2 general election ballot:

Incumbents defeated

The following is a list of incumbents defeated on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Debbie Benefield
Dennis Apuan
Dianne Primavera
Joe Rice
Kathleen Curry
Sara Gagliardi

Challengers who beat an incumbent

The following is a list of challengers who defeated an incumbent on November 2:


CandidatePartyDistrict
Donald Beezley
Kathleen Conti
Libby Szabo
Mark H. Barker
Robert Ramirez
Roger Wilson (Colorado)

New Representatives and General Election Winners

1,345 new representatives were elected across the country. This includes challengers who defeated incumbents as well as candidates who won open seats. Of these 1,345, 988 were Republicans and 357 were Democrats. In Colorado, 20 new representatives will be sworn-in. Of those 20, 8 are Democrats and 12 are Republicans. In the 14 open seat contests, Republicans won 7 and Democrats 7. In total, Colorado elected 65 representatives, 33 Republicans and 32 Democrats.

Newly elected representatives

The following are the newly-elected members of the Colorado House of Representatives:

Democratic

Republican

Open Seat Winners

The following is a list of candidates who won election in seats where no incumbent was running:

Democratic

Republican

Candidates who won election

The following is a list of all candidates elected to the Colorado House of Representatives:

Democratic

Republican

Competitiveness

Across the nation, 4,958 state house seats were up for election in 2010. In 1,680 (33.9%) of these state house contests, there was a major party candidate with no major party opposition. In Colorado, 63 candidates (60% of all seats) faced no major party opposition. Of these 63, 31 were Democrats and 32 were Republicans.

Unopposed candidates in general election

The following candidates did not face major party competition:

Democratic

No Democrats ran unopposed.

Republican

Ballot Access

In Colorado, 6 (4.8%) of the 125 house candidates ran as independent or third party candidates. None won election in the November 2 general election.

Third party candidates

The following is a list of third party and independent candidates who ran in 2010: