The Primary is Coming, the Primary is Coming

This is it. Primary day. The big enchilada (half of it, anyway). has a list of voting places, but for a complete list, call your county clerk.

Secretary of State Gigi Dennis has predicted a statewide voter turnout of about 15 percent of the total registered voting population, but those numbers should rise significantly in highly-competitive areas such as CD5 (Colorado Springs) and CD7 (Jefferson and Adams County). What should you be watching for tonight? Glad you asked. Read this post to find out more about the unfolding story lines.

In the three-way Democratic primary in CD7, more than half of the votes are expected to come from absentee ballots. Jim Merlino, Peggy Lamm’s campaign spokesman, told the Associated Press that 62 percent of absentee ballots received in CD7 have come from female voters.

There are big primaries all over the country today, but perhaps none has received more attention than the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Connecticut. As The Washington Post reports, Ned Lamont holds a six-point lead over Sen. Joseph Lieberman heading into the final day of the campaign. Lieberman has trailed Lamont by a wide margin recently, and has said that he will run as an Independent in the fall if he loses the primary.

Yesterday was the final day to submit petition signatures to qualify a proposed initiative for the November ballot, and several measures didn’t make it. As Chris Frates of The Denver Post reports, as many as 15 measures could be on the ballot in November:

Noticeably absent in Monday’s filing, however, were controversial measures to ban some abortions, provide taxpayer refunds and limit bilingual education…

…The initiatives expected to make the ballot would impose term limits on judges, ban gifts from lobbyists to elected officials, raise the minimum wage, legalize possession of small quantities of marijuana, ban gay marriage and sanction domestic partnerships.

Beauprez may be the biggest winner yesterday with the death of a measure that would have refunded some money brought in from Referendum C last fall. Beauprez was supporting Initiative 88, which put him at odds with many Republicans who supported Referendum C.

Beauprez escaped having to change his position and add another layer to his “Both Ways Bob” persona when Jon Caldara

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