Dems still control Colorado Senate
The Colorado Senate will remain in Democratic hands, but the progressive party may not have the same five-vote vote cushion it’s enjoyed over the past two years.
That’s because Republicans still have a chance to narrow that margin to 20-15, picking up one Senate seat in the Denver suburbs.
That race is between Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, and her Republican challenger, Lang Sias.
There, Hudak is holding on to the narrowest of leads — only 135 votes.
Earlier in the evening, Democrats briefly hoped to pick up another seat, but it was not to be.
That was for Senate District 8, which includes part of Garfield County.
As of midnight, state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, was leading his Democratic challenger, Emily Tracy, by a comfortable margin, 53 percent, or 26,636 votes, to Tracy’s 43 percent, or 21,494 votes.
Still, whatever margin the Democrats hold in the Senate, and the party’s retaking a majority in the House, means the Democrats will control both branches of government in the statehouse.
Though that may seem to be a good thing for Democrats, it may not be for Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat whose policies have pleased Republicans in the Capitol Building more often than members of his own party.
House Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino, the Denver Democrat who is expected to become the new House speaker, said that won’t be a problem.
“The relationship between the governor and legislative Democrats is grossly exaggerated,” Ferrandino said.