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Live updates: Colorado 2022 midterm election

Posted: 2:48 PM, Nov 08, 2022
Updated: 2022-11-11 00:33:23-05
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DENVER — Election Day has come and gone. Voters decided on 11 statewide ballot measures, the state’s top offices, a U.S. Senate seat, eight Congressional seats, and the balance of the state House and Senate, though some races and measures are still being counted.

In the story below, we’ll be posting updates from the 2022 midterm election, with links to more stories as the results come in. Head to our election results page for election results via The Associated Press.

You can stay updated with the latest results by refreshing this story or by watching live election coverage through the evening on the Denver7+ app, Denver7 and Denver7 on Local3. (Refresh this page for the latest updates. All times Mountain.)

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Thursday, Nov. 10

9:37 p.m.
Lauren Boebert's lead over Adam Frisch in the 3rd Congressional District is now 1,122 votes. Click here for more.

6:39 p.m.
Lauren Boebert's lead over Adam Frisch in the 3rd Congressional District is now 1,136 votes. Click here for more.

6:06 p.m.
Though the race has not officially been called by the AP, proponents of Proposition 123, which will dedicate up to 0.1% of the state’s income taxes to affordable housing projects statewide, are declaring victory.

Votes in favor of Proposition 123 currently lead the opposition by nearly 60,000 votes. Proponents of the measure’s passage said though the yes votes currently outnumber the no votes just 51.4% to 48.6%, they believe the measure will prevail because the bulk of the ballots left to be counted will come from Denver, Adams, Arapahoe and Boulder counties, where yes votes outnumber no votes in each county.

“The passage of Prop 123 means that 100,000 more families will find a home they can afford in the next decade, it means renters will have more affordable paths to homeownership, and those who are unhoused will have even more safe options to rest their heads at night,” said Mike Johnston, the president and CEO of Gary Ventures, who supported the measure.

The measure, if proponents’ projections hold true, is expected to raise $145 million in budget year 2022-23 and $290 million in budget year 2023-24 and beyond.

That money would go toward local governments and nonprofits acquiring and preserving land for affordable housing development, giving assistance for developing affordable housing and multi-family rentals, increasing payment assistance programs for first-time homebuyers, going toward a program to address homelessness through rental assistance, and boosting the capacity of local planning departments.

4:53 p.m.
With another batch in from Pueblo, Lauren Boebert's lead over Adam Frisch in the 3rd Congressional District is now 1,229 votes. Click here for more.

3:10 p.m.
Another round of ballots in the 3rd Congressional District now puts Lauren Boebert's lead at 794 votes over Democrat Adam Frisch. Click here for more.

10:39 a.m.
Lauren Boebert has taken a 386-vote lead over Adam Frisch in the 3rd Congressional District count. Multiple counties in the district are still counting ballots today, and this number will continue to change throughout the day. We'll be keeping our eye on the race and posting updates here and in our story on that race.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

9:31 p.m.

Colorado voters have rejected Proposition 126, which would have allowed third-party companies to deliver alcohol, and made takeout and alcohol deliveries from bars and restaurants permanent. The latter was introduced during COVID-19.

6:38 p.m.
Colorado is about to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. The group behind Colorado Proposition 122, a measure that decriminalizes psychedelic mushrooms, is celebrating as the proposition heads toward victory.

In a statement Wednesday evening, Karen Crummy with Natural Medicine Colorado said, “Colorado voters approved Proposition 122, the Natural Medicine Health Act, which will create a framework for regulated, therapeutic use of natural psychedelic medicines for adults over 21 while continuing to prohibit their retail sales.”

As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, 51.29% of voters approved of the measure, while 48.71% of Colorado voters rejected Proposition 122.

In a tweet, Luke Niforatos, an opponent of Prop 122, conceded that the measure will pass.

Click here to read our full story.

6:19 p.m.
Democrat Dr. Yadira Caraveo is poised to be Colorado’s first 8th Congressional District representative after her opponent, Republican Barbara Kirkmeyer, called her and conceded the race Wednesday evening. She currently leads Kirkmeyer by 1,489 votes, but her campaign manager said she also feels confident Caraveo will win because of the number of votes still outstanding in Adams County compared to Weld County.

“Our community showed up and our voices were heard. Together, we will fight to lower costs, make prescription drugs more affordable, make childcare and family leave more accessible, and fight for every person in America to, once again, have reproductive rights restored to them,” Caraveo said.

Click here to read our full story.

5:51 p.m.
The campaign for Democrat Dr. Yadira Caraveo in the 8th Congressional District released a statement, saying, "With Yadira in the lead and significantly more votes left to be counted in Adams than in Weld, we are confident that once all of the votes have been counted, Yadira Caraveo will be the first Congresswoman from CO-08."

5:16 p.m.
More ballot returns in the 3rd Congressional District. Adam Frisch now leads Lauren Boebert by 73 votes.

4:27 p.m.
We just got another update in the 3rd Congressional District race. Adam Frisch now holds a 62-vote lead over Lauren Boebert. Dr. Yadira Caraveo has a 2,490 vote lead over Barbara Kirkmeyer. Here's our story on those two races.

3:53 p.m.
Adam Frisch's lead over Lauren Boebert in the 3rd Congressional District is back up to 2,205 votes.

2:15 p.m.
Another small batch of votes came in in the 3rd Congressional District. Adam Frisch now leads Lauren Boebert by 2,201 votes.

1:43 p.m.
Colorado’s two too-close-to-call races continue to get tighter Wednesday afternoon as county clerks continue to count ballots.

Within the past hour, Democrat Adam Frisch’s lead over Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert in the 3rd Congressional District race narrowed to 2,354 votes after Pueblo County submitted more ballots. The county continues to count Wednesday afternoon.

And Democrat Dr. Yadira Caraveo’s lead over Republican Barbara Kirkmeyer in the 8th Congressional District narrowed to 1,973 votes after more counted ballots were submitted by Weld County, which also plans to submit more ballot counts at 5 p.m., the clerk and recorder said.

We have a new story up on the latest on both races. Click here for more.

12:05 p.m.
Voters are projected to approve Proposition FF, which asked Coloradans if they want to create a statewide program that would offer free meals to all public students in the state starting in the next school year. Click here for more on the ballot measures.

11:55 a.m.
The 3rd Congressional District race between Democrat Adam Frisch and Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert continues to narrow. After new numbers came in within the past few minutes, Frisch leads by 2,449 votes — down from 3,475 votes earlier this morning.

Pueblo County is still counting some ballots, and we’re looking out for more ballots that will be counted in the district.

11:49 a.m.
We have a new round of race calls in the past few hours from The Associated Press.

Democrat Dave Young is projected to defeat Republican Lang Sias in the Colorado Treasurer Race. Young currently leads 53% to 44% by about 160,000 votes.

In addition, voters are projected to have rejected both Amendment F and Proposition 124.

As a quick review: Amendment F proposed dropping the minimum requirements for how long a nonprofit must exist in order to hold a bingo-raffle license from five to three years. As of 11:50 a.m., “no” votes were outpacing “yes” votes 1 million to 677,000.

Proposition 124 would have gradually lifted the number of retail liquor stores a business would have been able to operate. The measure is currently losing by about 450,000 votes.

Click here for more details on the status of all of the ballot measures.

7:30 a.m.
We're checking in on the 3rd and 8th Congressional Districts, which have not been called.

Here's where those races stand as of now, according to the Associated Press:

  • 3rd Congressional District:
    • Adam Frisch: 50.6%, 149,421 votes
    • Lauren Boebert: 49.4%, 145,946
  • 8th Congressional District:
    • Yadira Caraveo: 49%, 86,703 votes
    • Barbara Kirkmeyer: 47.1%, 83,252 votes

Doing the math for you real quick, this means Frisch currently leads by 3,475 votes and Caraveo currently leads by 3,451.

7 a.m.
As of now, only four of the 11 ballot measures have been called by the Associated Press. All four of those were passed by voters.

Here's where the remaining seven stand:

  • Amendment F:
    • No 60.94%
    • Yes 39.06%
  • Proposition 124
    • No: 62.42%
    • Yes: 37.58%
  • Proposition FF
    • Yes: 55.11%
    • No: 44.89%
  • Proposition 125
    • No: 50.17%
    • Yes: 49.83%
  • Proposition 126
    • No: 52.70%
    • Yes: 47.30%
  • Proposition 123
    • Yes: 50.66%
    • No: 49.34%
  • Proposition 122
    • Yes: 51.03%
    • No: 48.97%

Tuesday, Nov. 8

11:36 p.m.
Coloradans passed Proposition GG, which will require Colorado petitions and ballots for citizen-initiated measures that change the individual income tax rate to feature a table showing the effects of the tax change based on people’s different wage brackets. Seventy-one percent of Coloradans voted in favor of the measure.

11:07 p.m.
We'll be keeping our eyes on the few races that have yet to be called, including the 8th and 3rd congressional districts, overnight and into Wednesday morning. Watch our updates from the 10 p.m. hour in the players below, and check back with us in the morning for the latest updates. Head over to our election results page for the current data.

Democratic incumbents see strong support at the polls
Some Colorado races still too close to call
Political experts say Colorado is officially a blue state

10:33 p.m.
The Associated Press projects that Colorado voters have passed Proposition 121, which will drop the state income tax rate from 4.55% to 4.4% but benefit higher earners more than low-wage earners. 65% of Coloradans voted in favor of the measure.

10 p.m.
Out of the major statewide and Congressional races, there are still three that have not been called.

In the 3rd Congressional District, Democrat Adam Frisch leads Republican Lauren Boebert 51.6% to 48.1%. Boebert currently trails by about 8,200 votes.

In the 8th Congressional District, Democrat Dr. Yadira Caraveo leads Republican Kirkmeyer 49.2% to 46.9% and by about 3,700 votes.

In the State Treasurer race, Democrat Dave Young leads Republican Lang Sias 53.6% to 43.5% and about 167,000 votes.

9:55 p.m.
We have new videos posted of Joe O'Dea's concession speech and one-on-one interviews with Sen. Bennet and Secretary Griswold.

Watch: Joe O'Dea concedes Colo. senate race
1-on-1 with Sen. Michael Bennet after senate race victory
1-on-1 with Jena Griswold after win in secretary of state race

9:51 pm.
We have new statements in from Brittany Pettersen, Jason Crow and Michael Bennet.

Pettersen:
“Earlier this year, I announced my candidacy to represent Colorado’s 7th Congressional District in Washington D.C., and today, I am honored to declare victory. I am humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received across the district, the state, and the country. It’s an honor to have our broad coalition of support behind us who have stepped up to defend our democracy and reproductive freedom, to ensure that our state continues to be a place where we can live and thrive, and to increase opportunities for the next generation to build a better life. I am so grateful to my family for their endless support and my team for their hard work. I am excited to get to work for the working families of Colorado’s 7th Congressional District and I am honored to be able to represent them.”

Crow:
“I’m a deep believer in servant leadership – putting the needs of those you lead ahead of your own. As a servant leader in our community, I promise to continue putting Colorado ahead of politics and partisanship as we tackle the biggest issues our country faces.

“In the next Congress, I will continue working hard to lower costs, protect our rights, and defend our democracy. I grew up working class; I understand everyday struggles as families are pinched with high costs and uncertain supply chains. As we recover from a difficult few years, I will continue my tireless work delivering for Coloradans."

Bennet:
“Now we know what I have always known, which is where Colorado stands. Colorado stands for our highest ideals. We stand for opportunity. We stand for democracy, for an economy that grows for everybody, not just the people at the very top. And that's the future. We can build together. And it's not going to be easy, but that's no reason to give up.

We've never given up. It's a reason to roll up our sleeves and go to work to keep working to keep pushing. Because this is a fight worth having. It is a fight we have to win. And I want you to know, Colorado. I will be with you every single step of the way.”

9:32 p.m.
Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment D, which directs the governor to reassign judges form the 18th Judicial District to the new 23rd Judicial District by Nov. 30, 2024. “Yes” votes currently lead “no” votes 68% to 32%.

Voters also passed Amendment E, 88% to 12%. It will expand the homestead exemption to homeowners who lost their spouse in the line of military duty, or to people whose veteran spouse died as a result of service-related injuries or disease.

9:20 p.m.
The Associated Press has called the Secretary of State’s race for Jena Griswold, who defeats Republican Pam Anderson. The AP also projects Phil Weiser to be re-elected a attorney general.

Griswold leads Republican Pam Anderson 55% to 43% and about 200,000 votes. Weiser currently leads Republican John Kellner 54% to 44% and around 175,000 votes.

“With tonight's victories, Colorado chooses the path of democracy – of free, fair, and accessible elections. Coloradans from every county, from the front range to the eastern plains, the western slope and the San Luis Valley came together to vote for democracy,” Griswold said in a statement. “Now, we must continue to stand together, not as Republicans and Democrats, but as Coloradans and Americans, to reject extremism and ensure our government is working for every person. I look forward to continuing the march towards a stronger Colorado”

9:08 p.m.
The Associated Press has called the 4th Congressional District race for Republican Rep. Ken Buck. It also called the 5th Congressional District race for Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn.

Buck currently leads Democrat Ike McCorkle 60% to 38% and about 50,000 votes. Lamborn leads Democrat David Torres 56% to 41% and about 40,000 votes.

9:03 p.m.
The Associated Press has called the 7th Congressional District race for Democrat Brittany Pettersen, who will be a first-time member of Congress. It also called the 6th Congressional District race for Democratic Rep. Jason Crow.

Pettersen leads Republican Erik Aadland 59% to 39% and about 55,000 votes. Crow leads Republican Steven Monahan 61% to 37%.

8:58 p.m.
The Associated Press has called the 1st and 2nd Congressional District races for Democratic Reps. Diana DeGette and Joe Neguse, respectively. Neguse currently leads Republican Marshall Dawson 71% to 28%, while DeGette leads Republican Jennifer Qualteri 79% to 19%.

8:52 p.m.
Though The Associated Press has yet to call the race, Rep. Joe Neguse has declared himself the winner of the 2nd Congressional District race. He currently leads Republican Marshall Dawson 71% to 28% and by about 90,000 votes.

“It is a true honor to earn the trust and support of my constituents once again,” Neguse said in a statement. “It has been the honor of my life to serve our community in the United States Congress, and I am incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished together during the past four years. I’m excited to continue representing our community so we can keep working — together — on building a more hopeful future for our state and our country.”

8:44 p.m.
Joe O'Dea has conceded to Michael Bennet in the U.S. Senate race, and Bennet made his victory speech, which you can watch in the player embedded below. Here's our full story on Bennet's victory.

8:36 p.m.
Heidi Ganahl released a statement congratulating Gov. Jared Polis on his victory. Polis currently leads the race 59% to 39%.

“Tonight did not go the way we had hoped and prayed for, but I know this movement is real. This Mom on a Mission is proud to have given a voice to the army of mad moms, dads, and grandparents of Colorado who are scared about what the future of our beautiful state holds for our kids and grandkids.

“Governor Polis, I wish you well, and my prayers will be with you. This election is over, but our problems are not. Crime in Colorado is real. Record inflation is real. The state of our education system is real. Please do not ignore the cries of help from so many in our state. I implore you to be a governor for all Coloradans, and to seek consensus with those of us on the other side of the aisle, even when that may not be easy.

“In scripture, we are told: “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5

“I am a fighter. I’m not sure what my next chapter will be, but I promise I will never stop fighting for the American Dream I have been so blessed to live, and for Colorado families – so many of whom are struggling right now. You have a voice. Make sure those in power understand that the many decisions that they believe should occur in Denver should really be made at the kitchen table; Colorado parents and families matter.

“Thank you to my supporters, volunteers, staff, my running mate Danny Moore, and my family for taking this journey with me. May God continue to bless you all and may God bless our home, Colorado.”

8:26 p.m.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe O'Dea has conceded the race to Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet and is expected to speak within the next 15 minutes. A Denver7 reporter at the Colorado GOP party reports Heidi Ganahl has left.

8:09 p.m.
We’re up to 1.17 million ballots counted so far — here’s the latest:

Adam Frisch currently leads Lauren Boebert 52.6% to 47.4% in the 3rd Congressional District, with 140,000 votes counted.
Ken Buck leads Ike McCorkle 60% to 38%.
Joe Neguse and Diana DeGette both hold wide leads in their respective races.
Doug Lamborn leads David Torres 56% to 41% in the 5th Congressional District.
Jason Crow leads Steven Monahan 61% to 37%.
Brittany Pettersen leads Erik Aadland 60% to 38% in the 7th Congressional District.
Dr. Yadira Caraveo holds a narrow lead over Barbara Kirkmeyer in the 8th Congressional District, 49.4% to 46.7%.
Jena Griswold leads Pam Anderson 55% to 42% for the Secretary of State’s race.
Dave Young leads Lang Sias 54% to 43% in the State Treasurer race.
Phil Weiser leads John Kellner 55% to 43% in the Attorney General race.
The AP has also called the U.S. Senate race for Michael Bennet.

7:51 p.m.
Gov. Jared Polis is speaking after his election victory was announced. Click here to read the story on Polis' victory. Click here to watch live.

“Tonight, I am honored that the people of Colorado have chosen to share in our belief that Colorado’s brightest days are still ahead,” Polis said in a statement. “Our approach is simple: we focus on issues that affect people’s lives, and deliver real results. … Whether you voted for me or not, I will work as hard as I possibly can on behalf of you and your family, and I will never stop fighting for a better future for our state.”

7:38 p.m.
ABC News projects Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet will win re-election over Republican Joe O’Dea in the U.S. Senate race. He currently leads 58.5% to 39.3% and nearly 200K votes.

ABC News projects Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet will win re-election

7:28 p.m.
ABC News projects Democratic Gov. Jared Polis will win re-election over Republican Heidi Ganahl in the governor’s race. Polis currently leads 60% to 38% and by about 190,000 votes.

ABC News projects Democratic Gov. Jared Polis will win re-election

7:15 p.m.
We’re up to about 270,000 ballots counted so far, with results coming from Denver, Jefferson, Arapahoe, Rio Blanco, Dolores and Teller counties. Some quick notes:

Michael Bennet leads Joe O’Dea 67.5% to 30.6%.
Jason Crow leads Steven Monahan 60.8% to 37.7%
Brittany Pettersen leads Erik Aadland 60.1% to 38%
Jared Polis leads Heidi Ganahl 66.8% to 31.6%.
Jena Griswold leads Pam Anderson 62.6% to 35.3%
Phil Weiser leads John Kellner 63% to 35.3%
Dave Young leads Lang Sias 62% to 35.4%

7 p.m.
Polls are closed in Colorado and we’re expecting our first tallies to come in soon. Watch Denver7 News coverage of the election throughout the evening.

6:02 p.m.
Wait times to vote at the Emily Griffith Technical College are still high, currently at 64 minutes. If you're in line at 7 p.m., you can still vote. But if you're in Denver and still looking to vote, consider another option. Click here for more on the wait times.

Here's the latest from the Denver7 team.

Election Day 2022 coverage

5:36 p.m.
We’ve topped 2 million ballots cast so far in the election as of 3:30 p.m. Around 1.95 million of those ballots were mail ballots. Turnout was up to 53.2% of active Colorado voters.

The return breakdown so far is as follows: Unaffiliated (39.2%), Democrat (30.8%), Republican (28.8%).

Party registration is Unaffiliated (45.6%), Democrat (27.9%), and Republican (24.7%). Women ages 55-74 make up the largest share of ballots returned as of 3:30 p.m.

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Ballot returns as of 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

5:23 p.m.
While we'll be focused on Colorado's races and ballot measures with our coverage on Denver7.com and Denver7+, you can follow along with all the national races with ABC News. Watch live coverage now until midnight MT.

4:36 p.m.
Wait times at a couple of Denver voting locations are above 40 minutes at two locations: Emily Griffith Technical College (48 minutes) and North High School (43). Denver Elections says people who don’t want to wait as long at Emily Griffith should go to West High School, Saint John’s Cathedral or Glenarm Rec Center. Track Denver wait times by clicking here.

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Wait times at various Denver voting centers as of 4:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m.
We have a new round of ballot returns in from the Secretary of State’s Office, which include counts through 12:30 p.m.

Around 1.86 million ballots were returned as of 12:30 p.m. out of 3.82 million active registered voters, for a turnout so far of 48.8%.

Ballot returns continue to run behind 2018. As of 12:30 p.m., unaffiliated (38.8%) voters have returned the largest share of ballots, compared to Democrats (31.2%) and Republicans (28.8%).

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Ballot returns from the Secretary of State’s Office, which include counts through 12:30 p.m.

Out of the party registration, unaffiliated voters (45.6%) voters lead Democrats (27.9%) and Republicans (24.7%).

2:20 p.m.
As of 9:30 a.m., 1,726,063 ballots had been cast in Colorado — 39,759 more than at 11:59 p.m. Monday. That represents about 45.1% of active registered voters in Colorado.

Turnout among the three major voting blocs – unaffiliated, Democratic and Republican voters – is down across the board so far compared to 2018, according to the latest data from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. Turnout in 2018 was nearly 75% of active registered voters.

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Ballot returns as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Unaffiliated voters have returned about 38.5% of ballots. Democrats (31.5%) and Republican (28.9%) of voters are coming in behind unaffiliated voters, but out outperforming their registration numbers.

Unaffiliated voters represent 45.6% of Colorado voters, compared to 27.8% for Democrats and 24.7% for Republicans.

8 a.m.
While more than one-third of active registered Colorado voters have already submitted their ballots, we know there are still thousands of you still waiting to vote today by 7 p.m.

You can CLICK HERE to find your nearest ballot drop box and polling place. If your ballot is submitted by 7 p.m., it will be counted!

How is Election Day going so far in Colorado?

We’ve boiled down the top statewide and congressional races, as well as the 11 statewide ballot measures, in our 2022 ELECTION GUIDE. You can also narrow down what you’re looking for by keying in on our candidate guide or ballot measure guide, which also includes links out to our 360/In-Depth reports on each statewide ballot measure.

Find links before for more reading on this year’s ballot and full video breakdowns of the issues and candidates. And don’t forget to vote!