Kennedy, Stapleton, Polis and Lopez make primary ballot

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BOULDER, Colo. -- A major political event took place Saturday across Colorado: The Democratic and Republican State Assemblies.

Democrats gathered at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield; Republicans met at the Coors Event Center in Boulder.

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Democrats Cary Kennedy and Jared Polis qualified for the ballot by winning 61 percent and 32 percent of the vote. Candidate Erick Underwood was eliminated.

Republicans Walker Stapleton and Greg Lopez qualified for ballot in Boulder by winning 44 percent and 33 percent.

Thirty percent was needed to make the ballot. That was the case for all candidates except Polis, who needed 10 percent because he is also collecting signatures.

Perhaps the biggest news was sitting Attorney General Cynthia Coffman was eliminated from the GOP ballot. Coffman received only 5 percent of support.

Coffman in recent days had been accused by some Republicans for being too moderate. She also faced opposition on site Saturday with leaflets.

Other Republican candidates eliminated from the race include Steve Barlock, Barry Farah, Lew Gaiter and Teri Kear.

To make the primary ballot in Colorado, candidates can collect enough signatures statewide or go to the assemblies.

GOP candidates Doug Robinson and Victor Mitchell have submitted signatures to keep their campaigns going.

Democratic candidates Donna Lynne and Michael Johnston have submitted enough signatures as well.

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