Party assemblies to narrow Colorado's gubernatorial field

Posted at 12:00 PM, Apr 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-14 14:00:22-04

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado’s Republican and Democratic parties are holding state assemblies to help determine who gets to their respective gubernatorial primaries.

Republican delegates in Boulder are deciding Saturday whether to send state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and lesser-known candidates to the June 26 primary.

Democrats in Bloomfield were voting on leading candidates Cary Kennedy, the former state treasurer, and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis.

Contenders need 30 percent of the delegate vote at both events to advance.

Stapleton, Coffman and Kennedy are betting on the votes, rather than opting to petition onto the primary ballot.

It’s a last-minute choice for Stapleton, who tossed his petitions over fraud concerns.

He must now convince delegates in Boulder to vote for him.

All want to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.