Colorado attorney general election, 2014

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Colorado Attorney General Election

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
John W. Suthers Republican Party
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The Colorado attorney general election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent John W. Suthers (R) was first appointed in 2005 and was elected twice subsequently, in 2006 and 2010. He is ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Colorado is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is considered closed, but unaffiliated voters may choose to affiliate with a party on election day in order to vote.[1] The attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer positions did not have contested primaries in 2014, and a single contested primary, for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, appeared on the June 24 primary ballot. Three of the five state executives are seeking re-election in 2014, while Suthers and Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a fellow Republican, are retiring, leaving their seats open.

This election has developed into a competitive race between Cynthia Coffman (R), Don Quick (D) and David K. Williams (L). Jump to our polls section to keep track of polling in the race, or learn more about past elections for attorney general in the past elections section.


Race background

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.[6] 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.[7] 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."[6] 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.[8][2]

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.[9][2] 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)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
July 8-10, 2014
Public Policy Polling
July 17-20, 2014
Suffolk University
September 9-16, 2014
AVERAGES 36.67% 35.67% 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

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

Past elections

Margin of victory analysis

The average margin of victory in the past three races for attorney general was 14 percent. The smallest margin of victory was 9.1 percent in 2006, while the largest margin of victory was 20.2 percent in 2002. Percentages of votes for third-party candidates decreased from 4.4 percent in 2002 to 4.2 percent in 2006. The following chart compares the margin of victory for winners of attorney general races with the margin of victory for candidates who won the most votes for the top race on the ballot:[10]

Margin of victory analysis
Year AG candidate margin of victory (%) Party of winning candidate Top race on ballot Party of winning candidate Margin of victory (%)
2010 12.7 Republican Party Governor of Colorado Democratic Party 14.5
2006 9.1 Republican Party Governor of Colorado Democratic Party 16.8
2002 20.2 Democratic Party Governor of Colorado Republican Party 28.9


See also: Colorado Attorney General election, 2010
Colorado Attorney General, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Suthers Incumbent 56.3% 960,995
     Democratic Stan Garnett 43.7% 744,601
Total Votes 1,705,596


Colorado Attorney General, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Suthers 52.4% 789,034
     Democratic Fern O'Brien 43.4% 652,268
     Libertarian Dwight K. Harding 4.2% 63,122
Total Votes 1,504,424


Colorado Attorney General, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKen Salazar Incumbent 57.9% 803,200
     Republican Marti Allbright 37.7% 522,281
     Green Alison "Sunny" Maynard 2.5% 35,301
     Libertarian Dwight K. Harding 1.9% 26,023
Total Votes 1,386,805

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 31 Filing deadline (Primary, all parties)
June 24 Primary election
July 10 Filing deadline (General, Independents)
July 17 Filing deadline (General, Write-ins)
November 4 General election
November 21 Last day to complete the canvass for the general election
January 13, 2015 Inauguration day for state executive officials in general election

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