Colorado Secretary of State election, 2010

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The Colorado Secretary of State election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. Incumbent Bernie Buescher was named as Secretary of State by Governor Bill Ritter in December 2009 to fill the vacancy left behind by Mike Coffman, who resigned following his election to the United States House of Representatives.[1] He faced off in the general election against Republican Scott Gessler and Constitution Party candidate Amanda Campbell, but fell to Gessler after Gessler captured 49.52% of the vote. None of the candidates were challenged in the primary election on August 10.

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Ballotpedia predicted a Democrat would become Colorado's new Secretary of State.

2010 Ballotpedia Race Rankings for Colorado Secretary of State
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General election


2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[2]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Scott Gessler 49.5%
     Democratic Party Bernie Buescher 43.9%
     Constitution Party Amanda Campbell 6.6%
Total Votes 1,717,065


Bernie Buescher

Scott Gessler


According to Follow the Money, the breakdown of campaign finances for each of the candidates is as follows:

Colorado Secretary of State Campaign Finance
Candidate Total Contributions
Scott Gessler[16] $269,281
Bernie Buescher[17] $202,789
Amanda Campbell[18] $0


September 10th - Colorado Decides

Eric Sondermann, host of Colorado Decides on Colorado Public Television, moderated the debate between Bernie Buescher, the Democratic incumbent for Secretary of State, and Scott Gessler, the Republican challenger.

Click here to view the entire debate

October 6th - Mike Rosen Show

On Wednesday, October 6th, Mike Rosen, a weekly opinion columnist for The Denver Post, moderated a debate between the two major party candidates in the race for secretary of state on his radio program on 850 KOA in Denver, Colorado.

Click here to listen to the entire debate (dead link)


Magellan Poll

Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies, a Louisville-based data/information/technology consulting firm, randomly telephoned 954 likely Colorado voters between August 25 and 26, 2010 via an automated system. The polling data shows that Democratic incumbent Bernie Buescher is down six percentage points to Republican challenger Scott Gessler with fifteen percent expressing support for American Constitution Party candidate Amanda Campbell and another seventeen percent still undecided. What is even more intriguing upon closer examination of the numbers is that among unaffiliated or independent voters, it is a virtual dead head among the two major party candidates with Gessler holding a slight two percentage point advantage over Buescher; it should be noted, however, that it is Campbell who comes out on top with this voting demographic, pulling in twenty-seven percent of those interviewed.

Magellan Poll - August 25 - 26, 2010[19]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Scott Gessler (R) 37%
Bernie Buescher (D) 31%
Another candidate 15%
Undecided 17%
Total voters 954

Survey USA Poll

Survey USA, a public opinion polls and private market research firm, under contract with a local news station in Colorado survey 621 likely voters about all the statewide races on the ballot in November. The polling data shows that, in spite of Buescher tightening the gap slightly, Republican challenger Scott Gessler remains ahead with only two weeks left until the general election. It should be noted, however, that Survey USA does not use live call center employees, but rather an automated system in which taped questions are asked via a professional announcer; the respondent is then invited to press a button on their phone or record a message indicating their selections.

Survey USA Poll - October 19 - 21, 2010[20]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Scott Gessler (R) 37%
Bernie Buescher (D) 34%
Amanda Campbell (ACP) 11%
Undecided 18%
Total voters 621

August 10, 2010 primaries

See also: Colorado gubernatorial election, 2010; Colorado Attorney General election, 2010

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Gop logo2.jpg Republican primary



Campaign finance complaint

A Republican activist has filed a campaign finance complaint against Secretary of State Buescher claiming he "used his executive assistant, Heidi Hamilton, on state time for to help manage campaign appearances."[24] The complaint has since been forward to State Attorney General John W. Suthers who will investigate the matter and decide whether he wants to represent Buescher or advise him to obtain a lawyer. A hearing on the matter must be held within fifteen days of the complaint being filed, according to state law. Should the complaint be upheld by an administrative law judge, the punishment will be a $50 per day fine.

Secretary of State Project

See also: Secretary of State Project

In 2010, Buescher received the endorsement and, most likely, the financial assistance of the Secretary of State Project, a below-the-radar 527 political organization whose purpose is to "wrestling control of the country from the Republican Party" through the process of "removing their political operatives from deciding who can vote and whose votes will count," namely the office of Secretary of State in many cases.[25][26]

External links


General Election candidates


  1. The Colorado Statesman, "Buescher wins secretary of state nod" 26 Dec. 2008
  2. Colorado Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
  3. Cañon City Daily Record, "Re-elect John Suthers, Cary Kennedy; elect Bernie Buescher to a full term" 11 Oct. 2010 (dead link)
  4. AFL-CIO - 2010 Endorsements
  5. Colorado Springs Independent, "Election endorsements" 7 Oct. 2010
  6. Colorado WINS - 2010 Candidate Endorsements
  7. Communication Workers of America - Endorsements
  8. The Daily Sentinel, "2010 endorsements" 24 Oct. 2010
  9. The Denver Post, "Return Buescher as election chief" 6 Oct. 2010
  10. The Durango Herald, "Endorsements" 24 Oct. 2010
  11. KKTV "Chamber Of Commerce Releases Election Endorsements" 14 Oct. 2010
  12. Secretary of State Project - 2010 races
  13. Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition - PPFC Candidate Endorsements
  14. Ross Putin, "Tancredo (re-)endorses Scott Gessler for CO Secretary of State" 25 Oct. 2010
  15. The Huffington Post, "Tom Tancredo Re-Endorses Scott Gessler For Secretary Of State After Poll Shows Strong ACP Performance" 25 Oct. 2010
  16. Follow the, "Scott Gessler candidate summary," May 24, 2011
  17. Follow the, "Bernie Buescher candidate summary," May 24, 2011
  18. Follow the, "Amanda Campbell candidate summary," May 24, 2011
  19. Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies, "Colorado Statewide Elections Survey Release" 31 Aug. 2010
  20. 9 News, "Latest poll: Bennet and Buck tied in Senate race" 25 Oct. 2010
  21. Colorado Secretary of State - 2010 Democratic Primary Election Results
  22. Face the State, "Gessler files for 2010 secretary of state election" 8 Jan. 2009
  23. Colorado Secretary of State - 2010 Republican Primary Election Results
  24. Aurora Sentinel, "Campaign finance complaint filed against Buescher" 29 Sept. 2010 (dead link)
  25. American Spectator, "SOS in Minnesota" 7 Nov. 2008
  26. The Secretary of State Project - 2010 Races