Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton won their respective party primaries Tuesday for the Colorado governor’s race, setting up a left-versus-Trump showdown as Republicans seek a seat they haven’t held in more than a decade. The liberal Polis, a five-term congressman, and Stapleton, who has closely aligned himself with President Donald Trump’s immigration and tax policies, easily defeated three challengers each in the top race of this purple state’s midterm primary. The two traded early barbs over taxes and health care in their respective victory speeches. “Make no mistake: As governor, Jared Polis will raise every tax and fee he can to take more money from hardworking Coloradans,” Stapleton said.
For those of us here in sunny Colorado, this will be a HUGE race. And, either the voters will decide to complete that liberal path it’s been on the last decade and become another Cali or New York with the election of extreme liberal Jared Polis (D)…OR, the voters will decide to make a mild course correction and elect Stapleton Walker (R) a distant relative of former Pres. George W. Bush.