Cynthia Coffman

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Cynthia Coffman
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Attorney General of Colorado
Officer-elect
PartyRepublican
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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ProfessionChief Deputy Attorney General of Colorado
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Cynthia Coffman was a Republican candidate for Attorney General of Colorado in the 2014 elections.[1] Cynthia Coffman won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Coffman currently serves as Chief Deputy Attorney General of Colorado.

Her husband is Congressman Mike Coffman, the representative for Colorado's 6th District in the U.S. House.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Colorado attorney general election, 2014

Coffman ran successfully for election as Attorney General of Colorado in 2014, replacing incumbent John Suthers (R), who was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Coffman ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 24, 2014, and defeated Don Quick (D) and David K. Williams (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2][1]

Results

Attorney General of Colorado, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCynthia Coffman 51.4% 1,002,626
     Democratic Don Quick 42.4% 826,182
     Libertarian David K. Williams 6.2% 120,745
Total Votes 1,949,553
Election Results via Colorado Secretary of State.

Race background

Originally appointed in 2005 to fill a vacancy in the office, outgoing Republican Colorado Attorney General John Suthers went on to win two full terms in 2006 and 2010. He was barred by term limits from running for a third consecutive term, leaving the attorney general seat open in the 2014 elections.

The seat was first marked as "vulnerable" to partisan switch in a March 2013 report Governing put together about the 2014 attorney general elections.[3] In December, the same publication rated the race a "tossup." Out of a total of 31 attorney general seats up for election nationwide in 2014, only four received this rating, including Colorado. The others were Arizona, Arkansas and Wisconsin.[4] Against the backdrop of Colorado's "purple" partisan landscape, statewide races are flagged as competitive early on because major party organizations and other interests get involved in order to exert influence over state government.

In this case, Democratic Party forces placed their faith and money in the campaign of Don Quick, a career prosecutor whom Governing called "a strong contender to flip the seat."[3] Quick previously served as District Attorney for the 17th Judicial District, which includes Adams County, and spent six years as deputy attorney general under Suthers' predecessor, Democrat Ken Salazar.[5][1]

Also vying to succeed Suthers as Colorado's chief legal officer was Republican contender Cynthia Coffman. Coffman served as chief deputy under Suthers. Coffman's husband, Mike Coffman (R), is a three-term U.S. Representative from Colorado's 6th Congressional District and a former Colorado Secretary of State.[2][1] Like Quick, she had the connections and access to deep pockets necessary for running a legitimate statewide campaign.

Quick and Coffman were uncontested for their respective party nominations in the June 24 primary and advanced automatically to the general election. Libertarian attorney and party activist David K. Williams was the only third party candidate on the November ballot. Coffman won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Money in the race

The Republican Attorney Generals Association spent $2.6 million on Coffman's campaign as of September. Quick was operating on less than one-quarter of that amount, and he tried to compensate for the relative funding shortage by "walking 2.6 miles a day in campaigning."[6]

Campaign themes

  • Death Penalty:
After a conviction and death sentence, the state’s criminal appellate attorneys defend the legal process that resulted in capital punishment. In the case of Chuck E. Cheese killer Nathan Dunlap, the Governor decided to grant a guilty defendant a reprieve from the death penalty, a decision I vehemently oppose. When I am Attorney General, I will advocate for the death penalty as a suitable punishment for certain heinous crimes against the citizens of our state. And I will do all I can to assure the will of the people is carried out as prescribed by law[7]

—Cynthia Coffman[8]

  • School Safety:
Some of our country’s leading school safety experts live here in Colorado and have partnered with the Attorney General’s Office to provide training and programming for school administrators, teachers, and law enforcement officers. I look forward to growing this community outreach effort as your next Attorney General.[7]

—Cynthia Coffman[9]

  • Oil and Gas:
If elected as your Attorney General, I will continue to take legal action and fight back when local jurisdictions break the law with their attempts to ban hydraulic fracturing. In those instances when interest groups and local governments try to usurp authority from law-abiding landowners and individuals in the oil and gas industry, I will enforce the law – even if it means taking overreaching, anti-drilling jurisdictions to court.[7]

—Cynthia Coffman[10]

  • Tort Reform:
As Attorney General, I will take a strong stand in favor of the Colorado business community by supporting reasonable tort reform efforts.[7]

—Don Quick[11]

Polls

Colorado Attorney General - 2014 General Election
Poll Cynthia Coffman (R) Don Quick (D)David K. Williams (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
July 8-10, 2014
42%38%9%11%+/-3.01,106
Public Policy Polling
July 17-20, 2014
38%29%0%32%+/-3.8653
Suffolk University
September 9-16, 2014
40%30%4.8%25.2%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 40% 32.33% 4.6% 22.73% +/-3.73 753
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

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