One of Colorado’s two U.S. Senate seats is up for election in November. The major party candidates for the seat are the Republican, incumbent Cory Gardner — the state’s junior senator — and Democratic former Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Observers around the country have an eye on the race. Gardner is considered one of the Senate Republicans most vulnerable to a Democratic challenger, and Colorado has turned increasingly blue since Gardner first claimed the seat in 2014. Democrats view a Hickenlooper win as crucial to their efforts to flip the Republican Senate while Republican hopes of maintaining control in the chamber rest in part on Gardner retaining the office.
Third party candidates include Daniel Doyle (Approval Voting Party), Stephan “Seku” Evans (Unity Party of Colorado), Raymon Anthony Doane (Libertarian Party), Danny Skelly (unaffiliated), Bruce Lohmiller (Green Party) and Michael Sanchez (unaffiliated).