A victory for Democrats, former Vice President Joe Biden has won Colorado with 55.8% of the votes, taking its nine electoral votes.
The first flip of the night, former Governor John Hickenlooper also won Colorado’s senate seat against Republican incumbent Cory Gardner.
Updated Nov. 3, 6:45 p.m.
Democrat John Hickenlooper takes Colorado’s Senate seat against incumbent Cory Gardner.
Updated Nov. 3, 6:24 p.m.
As over a quarter of the votes for Senate have been accounted for, Hickenlooper leads Gardner 60.1% to 38.1%. Officials estimate that 70-80% of votes will be reported tonight.
Republican incumbent Cory Gardner comes from a rural Colorado background and has been a big supporter of President Trump. He assumed office in 2015, and is a member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resource Committee. He also serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.
Hickenlooper, a former Colorado Governor, announced his Senate candidacy last August. Hickenlooper is a former geologist and business owner, though he left both fields to pursue politics when he realized he wanted to bring a different perspective in office. Hickenlooper’s first political venture was a local grassroots campaign in 2001. He was then elected Mayor of Denver in 2003, and Governor of Colorado in 2010.
|Healthcare ||Wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and supports the repeal of Obamacare. He believes in patient-centered solutions and biomedical research and innovation.||Believes healthcare is a ubiquitous right for everyone, and universal healthcare is possible and necessary. As Governor, he expanded Medicaid to an additional 400,000 Colorado residents.|
|Economy||Believes in a pro-growth tax policy that encourages investment and risk taking to maximize long-term growth. He helped deliver a tax reform that brought relief to working families, increased wages, boosted investment in Colorado and restimulated forgien profits.||Recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on the economy and has a four-point plan for immediate, inclusive, integrative and innovative economic growth to make it easier for Colorado residents to earn living wages, expand small business, and develop a relevant skill set.|
|Gun Control||Supports the right for everyone to bear arms. Does not support the idea of restrictions on gun control because he believes it is limiting to law-abiding citizens. Wants to implement and emphasize mental health services and firearm training and safety.||Ensures background checks on all gun sales, promotes the establishment of national magazine limits and restoration of assault weapons ban. He wants to fund community violence intervention programs and create stricter enforcement guidelines for handling gun trafficking offenses.|
|Climate Change||Supports the nation’s development and utilization of independent American energy supplies. Agrees with use of traditional energy sources (coal, gas, oil) along with renewable energy (hydroelectric, solar, wind). Strongly believes in keeping the U.S. at the forefront of energy research and development. He wants to reduce overall energy usage.||As a former geologist, calls for a plan based on science that many of the world’s leading scientists agree with which involves a transition towards a 100% renewable energy economy. Has an interim goal of reducing the 2005 greenhouse gas emission levels by 43% by 2030. He supports the effort to move the U.S. to a clean energy future with net-zero emissions by 2050.|
|Education||Promotes state control of educational affairs as opposed to a federal school system. Supports STEM skills in childhood education to build practical workforce skills so that America will remain a forefront leader of science and technology. Supports congressional investment for college tuition and loans for students.||Supports Congress prioritizing education in public schools to repair short-term damage to schools and their community and build a long-term resilient system. He wants to invest in early childhood learning programs and strengthen Colorado’s K-12 school systems. Also wants to promote equity in education by ending the school-to-prison pipeline and making higher education more accessible.|
|COVID-19||Has provided resources and aid to Coloradans through his role in the Senate. Was able to get funds granted to assist small businesses, agriculture farms, public schools, childcare and workforce training programs in response to the impact of COVID-19. He also facilitated the granting of 100 million rapid point-of-care COVID-19 tests.||Has an economic recovery plan for the damage COVID-19 has done to Colorado. This includes immediate relief for families in economic crisis, ending large corporation tax giveaways initiated by President Trump and Senator Gardner, closing racial wage gaps, and creating a national apprenticeship program.|