The races for various statewide offices could become really ugly by Election Day in November if comments from officials in both parties and the candidates themselves in the week since the primaries are any judge.
That's because, from the governor's race on down, it didn't take long for the winners to begin attacking each other.
Republicans and Democrats in the various statewide races started out by criticizing one another for their "unity tours," events meant to show that losing candidates in the two parties had accepted the results of the June 26 primary and now planned to work together to see their compatriots win in the November general election.
"One day after the Colorado GOP's successful unity tour featuring Walker Stapleton and his former primary opponents, Jared Polis held a mock 'unity' rally to show the Democrats are united, but Polis' Democrat primary opponents didn't even show up," said one email message from Republican Walker Stapleton's gubernatorial campaign.
"It's no wonder why, within hours of the primary, Colorado Republicans started resorting to desperate anti-LGBT attacks on Jared Polis," Democratic Party chairwoman Morgan Carroll said this week, referring to a Facebook posting by the Huerfano County Republican Party, which said Polis is an openly gay congressman who opposes their American values. "Stapleton might have won his primary by tying himself to the disastrous policies and hatefulness of GOP figures like (President) Trump and (Tom) Tancredo, but as his party's standard-bearer, he has a responsibility to disavow these sort of disgusting attacks."
It didn't go unnoticed in the Stapleton camp, among others, that Polis' primary opponents — Cary Kennedy, Michael Johnston and Donna Lynne — failed to show up at his "unity" rally on the steps of the Colorado Capitol in Denver last week.
Those opponents, along with several other prominent Democrats, though, were quoted as congratulating Polis the day of that Friday rally.
"I'm proud to endorse Jared Polis," Johnston said in a news release issued by the Colorado Democratic Party. "Jared is an entrepreneur for good. He has built things, from nonprofits to social movements, that make life better for people across this state."
At Stapleton's unity tour, one that didn't include a single stop on the Western Slope, all of his primary opponents — Victor Mitchell, Doug Robinson and Greg Lopez — showed up for at least part of it.
"So much true and sincere congratulations to my friend, no longer my opponent, my friend Walker Stapleton," said Mitchell, who launched direct attacks at Stapleton during the campaign, some of which called him a liar.
Stapleton campaign manager Michael Fortney accused the Polis camp of choosing his running mate within a week of the primary, as the law requires, to divert attention from that unity rally, saying it was meant to "change the dialogue."
The other statewide races also haven't been immune to negative talk right out the chute.
The race for attorney general between political neophyte Phil Weiser, a Democrat, and Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, a Republican, already has seen their backers launch bombshells.
"Colorado voters will have a clear choice in November between Phil Weiser, a dedicated public servant, and George Brauchler, a grandstanding right-wing politician who denies climate change, denigrates LGBT service members, spends his work day insulting Coloradans on Twitter and marches in lockstep with Trump's agenda," Carroll said.
"The elites from Boulder and Washington, D.C., bought this race for Weiser and now he owes them," countered Scott Will, executive director of the Republican Attorneys General Association. "The worst part, that law school dean and Democratic political appointee has hardly any courtroom experience and he has never prosecuted a single criminal case. Weiser is utterly unqualified for the job. His victory will be short-lived."
The political rhetoric continues with the race for state treasurer, which pits Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley and a member of the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee, against Republican commercial real estate investor Brian Watson.
"While Dave Young worked across the aisle to produce balanced budgets, Brian Watson racked up over $900,000 in unpaid corporate payroll taxes, unpaid contractor bills and unpaid bank loans," Carroll said. "If Brian Watson can't even keep his personal finances in order, why would voters trust him to manage the state's funds?"
While Watson didn't name his opponent in his first release as the GOP treasurer nominee, he did say that voters are "weary of politicians and more of the same," and want "fresh" leadership.
The final statewide race has Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican, against Democrat Jena Griswold, who became the first statewide candidate Monday to reserve television time. So far, neither side has attacked the other.