David K. Williams
|David K. Williams|
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|Attorney General of Colorado|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
- See also: Colorado attorney general election, 2014
Originally appointed in 2005 to fill a vacancy in the office, current Republican Colorado Attorney General John Suthers went on to win two full terms in 2006 and 2010. He is 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 2013-2014 attorney general elections. In December, the same publication rated the race a "Tossup." Out of a total of 30 attorney general seats up for election nationwide in 2014, only four received this rating, including Colorado. The others were Arizona, Arkansas and Wisconsin. Against the backdrop of Colorado's "purple" partisan landscape, statewide races, especially for open seats, are flagged as competitive early on because of the potential to entice major party organizations and private sector interests—eager to gain or maintain control of key government posts—to get involved in the campaigns.
In this case, Democratic Party forces have placed their faith and money in the campaign of Don Quick, a career prosecutor whom Governing called "a strong contender to flip the seat." 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.
Also vying to succeed Suthers as Colorado's chief legal officer is Republican contender Cynthia Coffman. Coffman currently serves as chief deputy under Suthers. Coffman's husband, Mike Coffman (R), is a three-term U.S. Rep. from Colorado's 6th Congressional District and a former Colorado Secretary of State. Like Quick, she has the connections and access to deep pockets necessary for running a legitimate statewide campaign.
Quick and Coffman were uncontested for their respective parties' nominations in the June 24 primary and advanced automatically to the general election. Libertarian attorney and party activist David K. Williams is the only third party candidate on the November ballot.
|Colorado Attorney General - 2014 General Election|
|Poll||Cynthia Coffman (R)||Don Quick (D)||David K. Williams (L)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
July 8-10, 2014
|Public Policy Polling|
July 17-20, 2014
September 9-16, 2014
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**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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- The Libertarian Party of Colorado's Facebook page, "Congratulations to our 2014 Libertarian Party candidates for the State of Colorado," accessed April 7, 2014
- Governing, "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013
- Governing, "What's Ahead for the Attorney General Races in 2014?," December 19, 2013
- Broomfield Democrats, "17th J.D. District Attorney: Don Quick ," accessed February 13, 2013
- The Denver Post, "Democrat Don Quick, former DA, to run for Colorado attorney general," February 12, 2013
- Cynthia Coffman for Colorado Attorney General 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 3, 2013
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