DENVER — The strain of anti-incumbency being felt across the country was not strong enough to propel a number of outside challengers past sitting representatives in primary races held across Colorado Tuesday.
In the state’s first-ever June primary, two El Paso County Republicans appear to have survived primary challenges.
Congressman Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, despite criticism from his predecessor and newspapers across the state, cruised to an easy victory Tuesday night over businessman Robert Blaha.
Lamborn was leading Blaha 61-39 percent for the right to represent the Fifth Congressional District in Congress; he’ll likely win the general election by an even larger margin in this heavily-Republican district.
In the House District 19 primary, House Majority Leader Amy Stephens also survived a primary challenge from fellow GOP Rep. Marsha Looper.
Stephens won easily, defeating Looper, who attempted to challenge the conservative Stephens from the right, by a margin of 60-40 percent.
In Boulder County, state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, appears to be on his way to defeating businessman Eric Weissmann for the right to challenge Congressman Jared Polis, D-Boulder, for his Second C.D. seat this November.
Lundberg led Weissman 54-46 percent as of 9:15 p.m. with 80 percent of precincts reporting.
In other results, Owen Hill crushed state Rep. Larry Liston in a battle to run as a GOP candidate for the state Senate District 10.
Hill, who lost his bid to defeat Democratic Senate Majority Leader John Morse in 2010, defeated Liston 61-39 percent.
In the contentious battle for the GOP nomination in state Senate District 8, Rep. Randy Baumgardner defeated Sen. Jean White by a 58-42 percent margin.
White appeared a safe bet to retain her seat, had she held off Baumgardner.
But now Democrats see an opening for Emily White, their candidate for the seat. Before Tuesday night’s results were even made official, the Democratic Senate Victory Fund announced it would be channeling more resources toward White’s campaign now that she’ll be facing the more conservative Baumgardner.