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November 1, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Colorado's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
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DENVER: Colorado: Colorado has seven U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. All seven incumbents are running for re-election, all of whom face at least one challenger in the general election (100%).

Two of the seven seats are considered to be competitive according to the New York Times race ratings. Those are the 3rd and 6th districts.[1]

Colorado's 3rd is considered to be Leaning Republican. Republican incumbent Scott Tipton's district has been redrawn to be slightly more competitive. He is challenged by state representative Sal Pace (D). Both parties see the seat as crucial to control the House.[2] The district has been included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identifies districts that the organization has specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[3]

Colorado's 6th is considered to be Leaning Republican according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Mike Coffman's district has been redrawn to include nearly equivalent amounts of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. His opponent, Democrat Joe Miklosi, has struggled to raise money for his campaign. [4] Colorado's 6th has also been included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List.

Currently, the Republican Party holds four of the seven Congressional seats from Colorado. According to race ratings by the website RealClearPolitics, Colorado's 6th is ranked the 33rd most likely seat in the nation to switch party control. Colorado's 3rd is ranked as number 46 on the list.[5]

In Colorado, the polls are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Mountain Time.[6]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Colorado:

Members of the U.S. House from Colorado -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 3 3
     Republican Party 4 4
Total 7 7
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved November 2011 

For more information, view Redistricting in Colorado.


See also