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Battle for the Ballot: Democrats face plenty of choices at Broomfield assembly

Unlike Colorado Republicans, who are meeting the same day a dozen miles up the turnpike in Boulder, the Democrats will have plenty to decide at the biennial meeting, with contested races for every statewide office. But the rough outcome of the marquee election for governor is in little doubt because of the procedure Democrats use to elect delegates to the assembly.


Both major parties will designate statewide candidates to the primary ballot at their state assemblies — a speedy process that began at precinct caucuses held at thousands of locations around the state on March 6 when party members picked delegates to attend county and other district assemblies. Delegates at those gatherings, in turn, elected or confirmed delegates to the state assemblies. Delegates will also vote on their parties’ platforms at the meetings.


The Democrats will be gathering at Broomfield’s 1stBank Center arena to choose primary candidates in all five statewide races that will be on the ballot this year — governor, attorney general, state treasurer, secretary of state and University of Colorado regent at-large. In addition, several candidates for governor and attorney general are also petitioning onto the ballot in a parallel process.


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