Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Colorado State Legislature

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November 1, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

Colorado's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
20 18 (90.0%) 65 55 (84.6%)

Denver: Colorado: There are 85 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in Colorado, where polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Mountain Time .[1]

In the state senate, Republicans need to win three seats to gain control of the chamber. The state house has been identified as a chamber that has a highly likelihood of changing partisan control. The current makeup of 33 Republicans and 32 Democrats means that even one lost seat for Republicans will give Democrats the majority.

Of the 85 incumbents up for election in 2012, 53 (62.4%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 73 of 85 (85.9%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:


  • District 35: Incumbent Democrat Joyce Foster is retiring, but in the wake of redistricting this race is not necessarily being "defended" by Democrats, as the new rural parts of the district have drastically changed the demographics, indicating a chance for Republican Larry Crowder to pick up the seat.[2]


Colorado State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 19
     Republican Party 15 16
Total 35 35

Colorado House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 32 37
     Republican Party 33 28
Total 65 65

See also