|Primary Results Strengthen Conservatives and Position Parties to Battle for Control of State Senate
As expected the 2000 Colorado party primary attracted few voters, but the results will effect the conservative influence in the next legislative session and, more immediately, the partisan battle to control the state senate.
The August 8 primary was another in the series of recent battles between conservative and moderate forces for domination of the legislative wing of the Republican party, with abortion being a litmus issue.
Republican Moderates versus Conservatives
Conservatives were the winners in a series of tough primary races, with the exception of HD 51.
Hispanic Legislative Seats
Within the Democrat party, Hispanic activists attempted to hold on to two seats held by term limited Hispanic legislators. Vigil lost in Adams County to Takis but Sanchez won in Denver. Incumbent Mace survived a tough challenge in Denver.
The election outcome will strengthen the position of party conservatives in leadership races: Doug Dean should be easily elected as speaker of the House; Rep. Shawn Mitchell will gain momentum in his race for House majority leader and John Andrews was helped in his race as Senate Majority leader.
Both houses will be more conservative, which will make a difference in the governor's relationship with the majority party and the type of legislation that will be introduced and survive the process.
November Election: A BATTLE FOR SENATE CONTROL
Democrats are targeting the Colorado Senate. They need to win three additional seats for victory. The eight targeted races appear to be as follows: