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The [[Colorado State Senate]] has been a term-limited state senate since Colorado voters approved [[Colorado Term Limits Act (1990)|Issue 5 in 1990]].  The affirmative vote by Colorado's electorate in Issue 5 altered [[Article V, Colorado Constitution#Section 3|Section 3 of Article V]] on the [[Colorado Constitution]] to say that [[Colorado State Senator]]s could serve no more than two 4-year terms in office.
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The [[Colorado State Senate]] has been a term-limited state senate since Colorado voters approved [[Colorado Term Limits Amendment, Issue 5 (1990)|Issue 5 in 1990]].  The affirmative vote by Colorado's electorate in Issue 5 altered [[Article V, Colorado Constitution#Section 3|Section 3 of Article V]] on the [[Colorado Constitution]] to say that [[Colorado State Senator]]s could serve no more than two 4-year terms in office.
  
 
There are 35 [[Colorado State Senator]]s.  In 2010, 3 who were [[:Category:Current members of state senates|current members]] were ineligible to run for the senate again in November.  [[Paula Sandoval]] also would have been ineligible to run, but she resigned earlier in the year.
 
There are 35 [[Colorado State Senator]]s.  In 2010, 3 who were [[:Category:Current members of state senates|current members]] were ineligible to run for the senate again in November.  [[Paula Sandoval]] also would have been ineligible to run, but she resigned earlier in the year.

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Colorado State Senate elections, 2010

Majority controlCampaign contributions

QualificationsCompetitiveness analysis

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List of candidates
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Colorado State Senate
Elections for the office of Colorado State Senator were held in Colorado on November 2, 2010. State senate seats in 19 of Colorado's 35 districts were on the ballot in 2010. Districts on the ballot are 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 24, 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was May 27, 2010, and the primary election day was August 10, 2010.

In Colorado, senators are elected to four-year terms with a limit of two consecutive terms.

The incumbent senator ran for re-election in 13 of the 19 races in 2010. (68.42%) In 3 of the remaining 6 districts the incumbent was ineligible to run because of term limits.

Democrats lost one seat in the 2010 elections.

See also: Colorado State Senate and State legislative elections, 2010

November 2 General Election Results

Note: Challenges Possible The following candidates won election on November 2, 2010:


  1. Angela Giron
  2. Cheri Jahn
  3. Chris Romer
  4. Ellen Roberts
  5. Gail Schwartz
  6. Greg Brophy
  7. Jeanne Nicholson
  8. John Morse
  9. Kent Lambert
  10. Kevin J. Grantham
  11. Kevin Lundberg
  12. Lois Tochtrop
  13. Lucia Guzman
  14. Michael Johnston (Colorado)
  15. Mike Kopp
  16. Pat Steadman
  17. Scott Renfroe
  18. Steve King (Colorado)
  19. Ted Harvey

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 2 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Colorado State Senate:

Colorado State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 21 20
     Republican Party 14 15
Total 35 35


Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Colorado State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since Colorado voters approved Issue 5 in 1990. The affirmative vote by Colorado's electorate in Issue 5 altered Section 3 of Article V on the Colorado Constitution to say that Colorado State Senators could serve no more than two 4-year terms in office.

There are 35 Colorado State Senators. In 2010, 3 who were current members were ineligible to run for the senate again in November. Paula Sandoval also would have been ineligible to run, but she resigned earlier in the year.

The three current members of the state senate who were ineligible to run in November were:

Democrats (2):


Republicans (1):


Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Colorado in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 48 $2,331,554
2008 41 $2,535,787
2006 44 $2,935,888
2004 38 $2,050,430
2002 40 $4,313,640

In the 2010 elections, the candidates running for senate raised $2,331,554 in campaign funds. The top 10 overall contributors were: [2]

Donor Amount
Odom, John $96,134
Colorado Education Association $31,625
Colorado Professional Fire Fighters $29,000
Shuler, Derec $28,684
Copic Insurance Small Donor Committee $28,400
Eckstein, Torsten $25,491
Colorado State Conference of Electrical Workers Small Donor Committee (CSCEW) $22,000
State Democratic Senate Campaign Fund $21,488
Colorado Association of Realtors Small Donor Committee $20,000
Colorado American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations Nonpartisan Small Donor $19,750

Incumbency

Unopposed incumbents

2010 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

No incumbents faced no competition in the November 2 general election.

Primary challenges

Only 1 incumbent faced competition in the August 10 primary, and he won his primary.

Retiring incumbents

Six incumbent representatives did not run for re-election, while 13 incumbents (68%) ran for re-election. Of the 6 incumbents who did not seek re-election, 3 were Democrat and 3 were Republican.

Incumbents who retired are:

Qualifications

Article 5, Section 4 of the Colorado Constitution states: No person shall be a representative or senator who shall not have attained the age of twenty­five years, who shall not be a citizen of the United States, who shall not for at least twelve months next preceding his election, have resided within the territory included in the limits of the county or district in which he shall be chosen; provided, that any person who at the time of the adoption of this constitution, was a qualified elector under the territorial laws, shall be eligible to the first general assembly.

List of candidates

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District 1

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael A. Bowman 10,080
Republican Party Greg Brophy 34,632 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

Note: Incumbent Ken Kester (R) reached his term limit and did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gloria Stultz 18,581
Republican Party Kevin J. Grantham 25,902 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

Note: Incumbent Abel Tapia (D) reached his term limit and did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Angela Giron 24,827 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Vera Ortegon 20,313

District 5

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gail Schwartz 26,355 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robert E. Rankin 25,269

District 6

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
  • Bruce Whitehead Approveda Incumbent Whitehead was first appointed on August 8, 2009.
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bruce Whitehead 22,559
Republican Party Ellen Roberts 34,574 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:
Libertarian Party August 10 Libertarian primary:

Note: Incumbent Josh Penry (R) did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Claudette J. Konola 15,980
Republican Party Steve King 37,533 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Gilbert R. Fuller 2,190

District 9

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

Note: Incumbent David Schultheis (R) did not run for re-election

November 2 General election candidates:

Republican Party Kent Lambert 42,316 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
  • John Morse Approveda Incumbent Morse was first elected in 2006.
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:
Libertarian Party August 10 Libertarian primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Note: Challenge Possible

Democratic Party John Morse 13,866 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Owen Hill 13,526
Libertarian Party Douglas W. Randall 1,320

District 13

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ken Storck 15,866
Republican Party Scott Renfroe 30,182 Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard Ball 27,135
Republican Party Kevin Lundberg 40,040 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

Note: Incumbent Dan Gibbs (D) did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Note: Challenge Possible

Democratic Party Jeanne Nicholson 30,882 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Timothy J. Leonard 30,224

District 20

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

Note: Incumbent Maryanne Keller (D) reached her term limit and did not run for re-election.

November 2 General election candidates:

Note: Challenge Possible

Democratic Party Cheri Jahn 23,238 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Odom 21,412

District 22

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:
  • Mike Kopp Approveda Incumbent Kopp was first elected in 2006.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mike Daniels 20,851
Republican Party Mike Kopp 35,155 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
  • Lois Tochtrop Approveda Incumbent Tochtrop was first appointed in 2004.
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lois Tochtrop 20,750 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Luis Alvarez 17,055

District 30

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:
  • Ted Harvey Approveda Incumbent Harvey was first elected in 2006.

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Katherine E. Facchinello 22,636
Republican Party Ted Harvey 46,261 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
  • Pat Steadman Approveda Incumbent Steadman was first appointed on May 20, 2009.
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:
Constitution Party Constitution Party candidate:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Pat Steadman 22,608 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Douglas R. Smith 9,127
Constitution Party Clifton Powell 1,697

District 32

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
  • Chris Romer Approveda Incumbent Romer was first elected in 2006.
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Chris Romer 29,772 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tyler Kolden 15,610

District 33

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Johnston 33,634 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lisa Ringle 7,276

District 34

Democratic Party August 10 Democratic primary:
  • Lucia Guzman 6,199 Approveda Guzman received a vacancy appointment after the 2009 legislative session in May 2010.
  • Joel Judd 3,861
Republican Party August 10 Republican primary:

November 2 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lucia Guzman 21,273 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Derec C. Shuler 6,121

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