Colorado election 2020: Live updates on ballot results and also evaluation from Election Day

Colorado voters are headed to the polls in the 2020 election. Check back here for live dispatches from the polls, analysis on the number and results from major races.

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Suzie Ahlers of Denver wears her Vote mask during a Voter Celebration Social at Tracks nightclub on Nov. 2, 2020. The event in Denver was hosted by Democratic state Rep. Leslie Herod. (John Leyba, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Colorado’s early vote surges ahead of Election Day

9:30 AM | Nov 3, 2020 ?

Colorado recorded 2,836,124 votes by 8:30 a.m. on Election Day — the approximation of early ballots cast in the state.

That represents 69% of registered voters in Colorado. Election officials are expecting a flood of ballots today before polls close at 7 p.m.

The Colorado Sun’s turnout tracker shows the statewide early vote ahead of Election Day outpaced 2016 levels, and in Boulder county the turnout already exceeds the turnout four years ago.

Keep checking the turnout tracker throughout the day for the latest numbers.

— John Frank (Updated at 9:30 a.m.)


A final look at the polls in Colorado and who is expected to win

9:02 AM | Nov 3, 2020 ?

In the final days of the campaign, a flurry of polls offered new projections in Colorado. 

A local pollster who accurately projected the last two presidential elections in the state issued his final poll Sunday. Take a look at those numbers here.

A good bit of the other polling in Colorado left reason to doubt because of questionable methodology (such as nonprobability samples). Still, the numbers showed a pretty consistent picture, according to The Colorado Sun’s poll tracker in the presidential and U.S. Senate races.

How the polling averages changed over the course of the campaign is instructive. Both the presidential and U.S. Senate race tightened for a time, but in October the margins only increased for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and U.S. Senate contender John Hickenlooper. Here’s a quick look.

— John Frank (Updated at 9 a.m.)


What Colorado political experts are expecting on election night

8:56 AM | Nov 3, 2020 ?
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner talks with Shawn Bentz, Lauren Boebert’s mother, and other supporters during a get-out-the-vote-rally at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway in Grand Junction on Nov. 2, 2020. (Barton Glasser, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Ahead of Election Day, we surveyed dozens of Colorado political watchers and activists to get a sense of what they were watching. We published the results Monday in The Colorado Sun’s premium political newsletter, The Unaffiliated. (If you don’t subscribe to The Unaffiliated, here’s how to get it.) 

Here’s a look a what we found:

  • Political experts across the partisan spectrum agreed that presidential candidate Joe Biden would cruise to victory over President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate challenger John Hickenlooper would top Republican incumbent Cory Gardner. 

Both Democrats are expected to win by 5 to 10 percentage points, the experts said.

 “I want to predict Cory Gardner as a winner. And deep down, I see it as a real possibility,” said Jim Pfaff, chief of staff for Colorado House Republicans. “But I don’t have any objective evidence of it yet and frankly strong evidence to the contrary.”

The Democratic consultants at Hilltop Public Solutions believe Biden and Hickenlooper will exceed the largest statewide margin of victory set by Gov. Jared Polis at 10.6% in the 2018 election.

  • The closer race is the 3rd Congressional District is expected to be closer.

Republican Lauren Boebert is facing off against Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush in the Western Slope district that stretches around to Pueblo.

Robert Preuhs, a professor of political science at Metropolitan State University of Denver, sees the outcome as critical to the future of Colorado GOP. “If the spread in the state is greater than 7 (percentage points) for Biden, and Boebert loses … there will be a strong push by establishment and more moderate Republicans to abandon the conservative and contentious Trump platform and rhetoric,” Preuhs predicts. “But it will be a fight.”

MORE: What to watch on Election Day in Colorado

— John Frank (Updated at 9 a.m.)


Start your Election Day with The Colorado Sun’s podcast and get a run down of what to watch

8:53 AM | Nov 3, 2020 ?

Listen to today’s edition of our daily podcast to hear what The Colorado Sun’s political team will be tracking on Election Day.

— Jesse Paul (Updated at 9 a.m.)


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