Colorado’s 2018 guv primary breakdown in graphs, maps, and bullet points by county

Republican State Treasurer Walker Stapleton and Boulder Democratic Congressman Jared Polis won their gubernatorial primaries easily Tuesday, each vanquishing three rivals.

Here is the story of this election in graphics, with a few bullet points mixed in, based on numbers from the Secretary of State as of 8 a.m. on June 27.

First, a basic chart of the Republican contest between Stapleton, businessman Victor Mitchell, former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez and businessman Doug Robinson:

Here’s the basic chart on the Democratic side, featuring Polis, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy, former state Sen. Mike Johnston and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne:

Here’s the Democratic primary map (click here for a standalone version). The darker the blue, the greater the Polis margin:

Here’s the Republican primary map (click here for a standalone version). The darker the red, the greater the Stapleton margin:

 And here are the bullet points:

  • Polis surpassed 50 percent or more of the vote in seven counties, all of them in his 2nd Congressional District.
  • Kennedy won 10 counties with 32 percent to 48 percent of the vote, and tied Polis in Lincoln County. All those counties had fewer than 7,000 votes cast in the Democratic primary.
  • Johnston won six counties, including Eagle, the only one with more than 300 Democratic primary voters.
  • Stapleton won 50 percent or more of the vote in 15 counties.
  • Mitchell won nine counties with 40 percent to 44 percent of the vote. All those counties had fewer than 8,100 GOP primary votes.

 

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