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In the 2010 elections, the candidates running for senate raised $2,331,554 in campaign funds.  The top 10 overall contributors were: <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=CO&y=2010&f=S ''Follow the Money'': "Colorado Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions"]</ref>
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In the 2010 elections, the candidates running for senate raised $2,331,554 in campaign funds.  The top 10 overall contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=CO&y=2010&f=S ''Follow the Money'': "Colorado Senate 2010 Campaign Contributions"]</ref>
  
 
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::''See also [[State legislatures with term limits]] and [[Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012]]''
 
::''See also [[State legislatures with term limits]] and [[Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012]]''
  
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 2012, 6 who were [[:Category:Current members of state senates|current members]], or 17.1% of the total senate seats, were ineligible to run for the senate again in November.  Of them, 4 were [[Democratic]] state senators and 2 were[[Republican]] state senators.
 
There are 35 [[Colorado State Senator]]s.  In 2012, 6 who were [[:Category:Current members of state senates|current members]], or 17.1% of the total senate seats, were ineligible to run for the senate again in November.  Of them, 4 were [[Democratic]] state senators and 2 were[[Republican]] state senators.
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==Impact of redistricting==
 
==Impact of redistricting==
 
:: ''See also: [[Redistricting in Colorado]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Redistricting in Colorado]]''
The Colorado Reapportionment Commission is responsible for reapportioning state legislative districts. It is made up of 11 members chosen by the three branches of government as follows: 4 by the [[Colorado General Assembly]], 3 by the Governor and 4 by the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice. Colorado's population grew by 17% between 2000 and 2010, with Hispanics being a major driver. The new population total put the ideal Senate district population at 142,691.<ref>[http://trinidad-times.com/state-to-gather-public-input-for-redistricting-p1355-1.htm ''The Trinidad Times Independent'', "State to gather public input for redistricting", January 4, 2011]</ref>  
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The Colorado Reapportionment Commission is responsible for reapportioning state legislative districts. It is made up of 11 members chosen by the three branches of government as follows: 4 by the [[Colorado General Assembly]], 3 by the Governor and 4 by the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice. Colorado's population grew by 17% between 2000 and 2010, with Hispanics being a major driver. The new population total put the ideal Senate district population at 142,691.<ref>[http://trinidad-times.com/state-to-gather-public-input-for-redistricting-p1355-1.htm ''The Trinidad Times Independent'', "State to gather public input for redistricting," January 4, 2011]</ref>  
  
After reviewing maps proposed by Republicans and Democrats, Commission Chairman Mario Carrera, the only unaffiliated member, announced he would submit his own, consolidating concerns from both parties while focusing on competitiveness. The commission voted to pass his maps on September 19, but the [[Judgepedia: Colorado Supreme Court|Colorado Supreme Court]] rejected the new maps by a vote of 4-2, stating they were not "sufficiently attentive to county boundaries."<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/16/colorado-redistricting_n_1097001.html ''Huffington Post,'' "Colorado Redistricting: Supreme Court Rejects New House, Senate District Maps," November 16, 2011]</ref>
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After reviewing maps proposed by Republicans and Democrats, Commission Chairman Mario Carrera, the only unaffiliated member, announced he would submit his own, consolidating concerns from both parties while focusing on competitiveness. The commission voted to pass his maps on September 19, but the [[Judgepedia: Colorado Supreme Court|Colorado Supreme Court]] rejected the new maps by a vote of 4-2, stating they were not "sufficiently attentive to county boundaries."<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/16/colorado-redistricting_n_1097001.html ''Huffington Post'', "Colorado Redistricting: Supreme Court Rejects New House, Senate District Maps," November 16, 2011]</ref>
  
 
Sent back to the Commission, they voted to pass Democratic-drawn proposals. Republicans criticized the new proposals for forcing a number of GOP incumbents into the same districts, while Democrats said it was an unfortunate outcome of trying to minimize county splits. The new Senate map, which was then approved by the Court, included 14 seats considered to be competitive.<ref>[http://www2.wsls.com/news/2011/dec/12/colo-supreme-court-oks-new-legislative-districts-ar-1539254/ ''WSLS,'' "Colo. Supreme Court Oks New Legislative Districts," December 12, 2011]</ref>
 
Sent back to the Commission, they voted to pass Democratic-drawn proposals. Republicans criticized the new proposals for forcing a number of GOP incumbents into the same districts, while Democrats said it was an unfortunate outcome of trying to minimize county splits. The new Senate map, which was then approved by the Court, included 14 seats considered to be competitive.<ref>[http://www2.wsls.com/news/2011/dec/12/colo-supreme-court-oks-new-legislative-districts-ar-1539254/ ''WSLS,'' "Colo. Supreme Court Oks New Legislative Districts," December 12, 2011]</ref>
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Former state House candidate [[Lu Ann Busse]] filed a lawsuit asking a judge to void the result of her primary election because ballots were traceable and voting machines weren't properly secured.  These issues could cause problems for the November general election if changes are not made.<ref name=law>[http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21412404/lawsuit-seeks-void-primary-security-concerns-november-election#comments%23ixzz24oG9MiRo ''Denverpost.com,'' "Lawsuit seeks to void Colorado primary, raising concerns for November," August 27, 2012]</ref>
 
Former state House candidate [[Lu Ann Busse]] filed a lawsuit asking a judge to void the result of her primary election because ballots were traceable and voting machines weren't properly secured.  These issues could cause problems for the November general election if changes are not made.<ref name=law>[http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21412404/lawsuit-seeks-void-primary-security-concerns-november-election#comments%23ixzz24oG9MiRo ''Denverpost.com,'' "Lawsuit seeks to void Colorado primary, raising concerns for November," August 27, 2012]</ref>
  
The lawsuit accused [[Secretary of State]] [[Scott Gessler]] and election clerks of "major violations of duty" and conducting elections that didn't comply with state statutes or the [[Colorado Constitution]]. <ref name=law/>  
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The lawsuit accused [[Secretary of State]] [[Scott Gessler]] and election clerks of "major violations of duty" and conducting elections that didn't comply with state statutes or the [[Colorado Constitution]].<ref name=law/>  
  
 
Ballots in Douglas County included unique barcodes and numbers which could be used to track the ballot to the person who cast the vote, according to the lawsuit.  This is a violation of the Colorado Constitution, which states that ballots shall not be marked in a way that allows them to be traced to the voter.  A 1964 Colorado Supreme Court ruling also states that the use of marked ballots, or ballots numbered in a way that they can be tracked, should result in a void election.<ref name=law/>  
 
Ballots in Douglas County included unique barcodes and numbers which could be used to track the ballot to the person who cast the vote, according to the lawsuit.  This is a violation of the Colorado Constitution, which states that ballots shall not be marked in a way that allows them to be traced to the voter.  A 1964 Colorado Supreme Court ruling also states that the use of marked ballots, or ballots numbered in a way that they can be tracked, should result in a void election.<ref name=law/>  
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Holly Gorman]]
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Holly Gorman]]: 24,905
:*{{reddot}} [[Mark Scheffel]] {{won}}
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:*{{reddot}} [[Mark Scheffel]]: 50,040 {{won}}
:*{{yellowdot}} [[Chris Grundemann]]
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:*{{yellowdot}} [[Chris Grundemann]]: 3,430
  
 
===District 8===
 
===District 8===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Emily Tracy]]
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Emily Tracy]]: 29,688
:*{{reddot}} [[Randy Baumgardner]] {{won}}
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:*{{reddot}} [[Randy Baumgardner]]: 34,187 {{won}}
:*{{yellowdot}} [[Sacha L. Weis]]
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:*{{yellowdot}} [[Sacha L. Weis]]: 3,079
  
 
===District 10===
 
===District 10===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{reddot}} [[Owen Hill]] {{won}}
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:*{{reddot}} [[Owen Hill]]: 44,200 {{won}}
:*{{orangedot}} [[Christopher Mull]]
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:*{{orangedot}} [[Christopher Mull]]: 5,721
:*{{yellowdot}} [[Brandon Hughes]]
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:*{{yellowdot}} [[Brandon Hughes]]: 10,255
  
 
===District 12===
 
===District 12===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{reddot}} [[Bill Cadman]] {{won}}
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:*{{reddot}} [[Bill Cadman]]: 34,673 {{won}}
:*{{orangedot}} [[James Michael Bristol]]
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:*{{orangedot}} [[James Michael Bristol]]: 7,762
:*{{yellowdot}} [[Dave Respecki]]
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:*{{yellowdot}} [[Dave Respecki]]: 8,603
  
 
===District 14===
 
===District 14===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[John Kefalas]] {{won}}
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:*{{bluedot}} [[John Kefalas]]: 46,673 {{won}}
:*{{reddot}} [[Syndi Anderson]]
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:*{{reddot}} [[Syndi Anderson]]: 28,874
:*{{yellowdot}} [[Jeff Johnston]]
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:*{{yellowdot}} [[Jeff Johnston]]: 3,166
:*{{greydot}} [[Barrett Rothe]]
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:*{{greydot}} [[Barrett Rothe]]: 1,828
  
 
===District 17===
 
===District 17===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Matt Jones]] {{won}}
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Matt Jones]]: 45,426 {{won}}
:*{{reddot}} [[Charlie Plagainos]]
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:*{{reddot}} [[Charlie Plagainos]]: 23,983
:*{{yellowdot}} [[Ken Bray]]
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:*{{yellowdot}} [[Ken Bray]]: 3,848
  
 
===District 18===
 
===District 18===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Rollie Heath]] {{won}}
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Rollie Heath]]: 66,619 {{won}}
:*{{reddot}} [[Barry Thoma]]
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:*{{reddot}} [[Barry Thoma]]: 18,427
  
 
===District 19===
 
===District 19===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Evie Hudak]] {{won}}
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Evie Hudak]]: 35,664 {{won}}
:*{{reddot}} [[Lang Sias]]
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:*{{reddot}} [[Lang Sias]]: 35,080
:*{{yellowdot}} [[Lloyd A. Sweeny]]
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:*{{yellowdot}} [[Lloyd A. Sweeny]]: 5,104
  
 
===District 21===
 
===District 21===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Jessie Ulibarri]] {{won}}
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Jessie Ulibarri]]: 30,308 {{won}}
:*{{reddot}} [[Francine Bigelow]]
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:*{{reddot}} [[Francine Bigelow]]: 16,373
  
 
===District 22===
 
===District 22===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Andrew Kerr]] {{won}}
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Andrew Kerr]]: 38,845 {{won}}
:*{{reddot}} [[Ken Summers]]
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:*{{reddot}} [[Ken Summers]]: 35,008
  
 
===District 23===
 
===District 23===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Lee Kemp]]
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Lee Kemp]]: 34,252
:*{{reddot}} [[Vicki Marble]] {{won}}
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:*{{reddot}} [[Vicki Marble]]: 43,949 {{won}}
  
 
===District 25===
 
===District 25===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Mary Hodge]] {{won}}
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Mary Hodge]]: 27,961 {{won}}
:*{{reddot}} [[John Sampson (Colorado)|John Sampson]]
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:*{{reddot}} [[John Sampson (Colorado)|John Sampson]]: 20,310
:*{{yellowdot}} [[Ronald G. Schweizer]]
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:*{{yellowdot}} [[Ronald G. Schweizer]]: 2,461
  
 
===District 26===
 
===District 26===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Linda Newell]] {{won}}
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Linda Newell]]: 38,744 {{won}}
:*{{reddot}} [[Dave Kerber]]
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:*{{reddot}} [[Dave Kerber]]: 32,890
  
 
===District 27===
 
===District 27===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[David Paladino]]
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:*{{bluedot}} [[David Paladino]]: 34,957
:*{{reddot}} [[David Balmer]] {{won}}
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:*{{reddot}} [[David Balmer]]: 42,411 {{won}}
  
 
===District 28===
 
===District 28===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Nancy Todd]] {{won}}
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Nancy Todd]]: 37,181 {{won}}
:*{{reddot}} [[John Lyons]]
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:*{{reddot}} [[John Lyons]]: 24,475
:*{{yellowdot}} [[Robert Harrison]]
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:*{{yellowdot}} [[Robert Harrison]]: 2,459
  
 
===District 29===
 
===District 29===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Morgan Carroll]] {{won}}
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Morgan Carroll]]: 30,149 {{won}}
:*{{reddot}} [[William Ross, II]]
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:*{{reddot}} [[William Ross, II]]: 18,745
:*{{yellowdot}} [[Michele Rae Poague]]
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:*{{yellowdot}} [[Michele Rae Poague]]: 2,420
  
 
===District 31===
 
===District 31===
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:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 26 GOP primary:</u>
 
:{{reddot}} <u>'''June 26 GOP primary:</u>
  
'''''Note:''' [[Brandon Kelley]] withdrew from the race and was replaced by [[Michael Carr]] on the general election ballot.<ref>[http://outfrontonline.com/ofcnow/gay-republican-expected-to-be-appointed-to-colorado-senate-race/ ''Out Front Colorado'', "Gay man expected to be appointed — by GOP — to Colorado Senate race," July 20, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2012.]</ref>
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'''''Note:''' [[Brandon Kelley]] withdrew from the race and was replaced by [[Michael Carr]] on the general election ballot.<ref>[http://outfrontonline.com/ofcnow/gay-republican-expected-to-be-appointed-to-colorado-senate-race/ ''Out Front Colorado'', "Gay man expected to be appointed — by GOP — to Colorado Senate race," July 20, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Pat Steadman]] {{won}}
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Pat Steadman]]: 54,390 {{won}}
:*{{reddot}} [[Michael Carr]]
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:*{{reddot}} [[Michael Carr]]: 23,425
  
 
===District 32===
 
===District 32===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Irene Aguilar]] {{won}}
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Irene Aguilar]]: 47,995 {{won}}
:*{{reddot}} [[Roger Logan]]
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:*{{reddot}} [[Roger Logan]]: 20,505
  
 
===District 33===
 
===District 33===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Michael Johnston (Colorado)|Michael Johnston]] {{won}}
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Michael Johnston (Colorado)|Michael Johnston]]: 51,357 {{won}}
:*{{reddot}} [[Jason DeBerry]]
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:*{{reddot}} [[Jason DeBerry]]: 8,456
:*{{yellowdot}} [[Courtney Kolva]]
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:*{{yellowdot}} [[Courtney Kolva]]: 2,579
  
 
===District 35===
 
===District 35===
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<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
 
<u>'''''November 6 General election candidates:'''''</u>
:*{{bluedot}} [[Crestina Martinez]]
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:*{{bluedot}} [[Crestina Martinez]]: 29,617
:*{{reddot}} [[Larry Crowder]] {{won}}
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:*{{reddot}} [[Larry Crowder]]: 31,117 {{won}}
:*{{yellowdot}} [[William Stuart Bartley]]
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:*{{yellowdot}} [[William Stuart Bartley]]: 2,461
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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* [http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Results/2012/primary/ColoradoReport.html Colorado Secretary of State - Official primary results]
 
* [http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Results/2012/primary/ColoradoReport.html Colorado Secretary of State - Official primary results]
 
* [http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Candidates/files/2012/2012GeneralListOfficial.pdf Colorado Secretary of State - 2012 General Election Candidates]
 
* [http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Candidates/files/2012/2012GeneralListOfficial.pdf Colorado Secretary of State - 2012 General Election Candidates]
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* [http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/CO/43032/113865/en/summary.html Colorado Secretary of State - Official general election results]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 12:56, 7 April 2014


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Colorado State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
District 4District 8District 10District 12District 14District 17District 18District 19District 21District 23District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 35
Colorado State Senate2012 Colorado House Elections
Elections for the office of Colorado State Senate were held in Colorado on November 6, 2012. A total of 20 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was April 2, 2012. The primary election day was June 26, 2012.

See also: Colorado House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Incumbents retiring

See also: Colorado Game Changers
Name Party Current office
Betty Boyd Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, District 21
Bob Bacon Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, District 14
Brandon Shaffer Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, District 17
Joyce Foster Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, District 35
Keith King Ends.png Republican Senate, District 12
Nancy Spence Ends.png Republican Senate, District 27
Shawn Mitchell Ends.png Republican Senate, District 7
Suzanne Williams Electiondot.png Democratic Senate, District 30
Tim Neville Ends.png Republican Senate, District 22

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Colorado State Senate:

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


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

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.


Term limits

Suzanne Williams represented District 28 of the Colorado State Senate from 2005 until 2013. She was ineligible to run for re-election in 2012.
See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012

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 2012, 6 who were current members, or 17.1% of the total senate seats, were ineligible to run for the senate again in November. Of them, 4 were Democratic state senators and 2 wereRepublican state senators.

In addition to the 6 state senators who left office because of term limits, 9 state representatives were also termed-out.

The 6 current members of the state senate who were ineligible to run in November were:

Democrats (4):

Republicans (2):

Map of Colorado Senate Districts with less than 10% party registration differential before and after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 10 legislative districts meet the criteria after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Colorado

The Colorado Reapportionment Commission is responsible for reapportioning state legislative districts. It is made up of 11 members chosen by the three branches of government as follows: 4 by the Colorado General Assembly, 3 by the Governor and 4 by the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice. Colorado's population grew by 17% between 2000 and 2010, with Hispanics being a major driver. The new population total put the ideal Senate district population at 142,691.[3]

After reviewing maps proposed by Republicans and Democrats, Commission Chairman Mario Carrera, the only unaffiliated member, announced he would submit his own, consolidating concerns from both parties while focusing on competitiveness. The commission voted to pass his maps on September 19, but the Colorado Supreme Court rejected the new maps by a vote of 4-2, stating they were not "sufficiently attentive to county boundaries."[4]

Sent back to the Commission, they voted to pass Democratic-drawn proposals. Republicans criticized the new proposals for forcing a number of GOP incumbents into the same districts, while Democrats said it was an unfortunate outcome of trying to minimize county splits. The new Senate map, which was then approved by the Court, included 14 seats considered to be competitive.[5]

In Colorado, there are 10 state senate districts where the partisan registration of Democratic and Republican voters is less than 10 percentage points apart. These districts would be considered "competitive" when looked at strictly with respect to voter party affiliation. The 10 districts in Colorado are District 11, 14, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 29 and 35.

Primary lawsuit

Former state House candidate Lu Ann Busse filed a lawsuit asking a judge to void the result of her primary election because ballots were traceable and voting machines weren't properly secured. These issues could cause problems for the November general election if changes are not made.[6]

The lawsuit accused Secretary of State Scott Gessler and election clerks of "major violations of duty" and conducting elections that didn't comply with state statutes or the Colorado Constitution.[6]

Ballots in Douglas County included unique barcodes and numbers which could be used to track the ballot to the person who cast the vote, according to the lawsuit. This is a violation of the Colorado Constitution, which states that ballots shall not be marked in a way that allows them to be traced to the voter. A 1964 Colorado Supreme Court ruling also states that the use of marked ballots, or ballots numbered in a way that they can be tracked, should result in a void election.[6]

Security lapses also occurred in Teller County, where Gessler's office stated that the county "is not prepared to properly administer elections." The following were among given concerns: electronic voting machines that weren't functioning properly, election judges who weren't trained on how to use the machines, and machines that were missing the tamper-proof seals required under Colorado election rules.[6]

List of candidates

District 4

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
  • Mark Scheffel: 10,271 Approveda- Incumbent Scheffel first assumed office in 2009.
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 8

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 10

Note: Incumbent Bill Cadman (R) won re-election in District 12.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
Constitution Party June 26 American Constitution Party primary:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 12

Note: Incumbent Keith King (R) did not run for re-election.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
  • Bill Cadman: 10,472 Approveda- Incumbent Cadman first assumed office in 2007.
Constitution Party June 26 American Constitution Party primary:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 14

Note: Incumbent Bob Bacon (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:
Libertarian Party June 26 Libertarian Party candidates:
IndependentJune 26 Unaffiliated Candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

District 17

Note: Incumbent Brandon Shaffer (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
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District 18

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Rollie Heath: 12,315 Approveda- Incumbent Heath first assumed office in 2009.
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District 19

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Evie Hudak: 5,684 Approveda- Incumbent Hudak first assumed office in 2009.
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District 21

Note: Incumbent Betty Boyd (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 22

Note: Incumbent Tim Neville (R) did not seek re-election in 2012.

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District 23

Note: Incumbent Shawn Mitchell (R) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 25

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Mary Hodge: 3,976 Approveda- Incumbent Hodge first assumed office in 2009.
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District 26

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Linda Newell: 5,889 Approveda- Incumbent Newell first assumed office in 2009.
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District 27

Note: Incumbent Nancy Spence (R) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 28

Note: Incumbent Suzanne Williams (D) was ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits.

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District 29

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Morgan Carroll: 3,519 Approveda- Incumbent Carroll first assumed office in 2009.
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District 31

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Pat Steadman: 8,010 Approveda- Incumbent Steadman first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 26 GOP primary:

Note: Brandon Kelley withdrew from the race and was replaced by Michael Carr on the general election ballot.[7]

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District 32

Democratic Party June 26 Democratic primary:
  • Irene Aguilar: 6,560 Approveda- Incumbent Aguilar first assumed office in 2011.
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District 33

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District 35

Note: Incumbent Joyce Foster (D) did not run for re-election.

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Note: Alexander Lucero-Mugatu filed but withdrew before the primary.

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