The Latest: Weiser wins Colorado attorney general’s race

November 7, 2018

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on Colorado’s election (all times local):

2 p.m.

Democrat Phil Weiser has defeated Republican George Brauchler to become Colorado attorney general.

Weiser is a former University of Colorado Law School dean who served in the U.S. Justice Department under Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Brauchler is a district attorney in suburban Denver who’s best known for prosecuting the gunman who killed 12 people in a movie theater in Aurora. Brauchler cited his courtroom experience in his campaign.

Weiser countered that state attorneys general rarely venture into courtroom. Unlike Brauchler, Weiser pledged to defend abortion rights if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade.

He succeeds Republican Cynthia Coffman, who unsuccessfully ran for the GOP nomination for governor this year.


12:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump is offering no sympathy to five-term Colorado Republican congressman Mike Coffman, who lost to first-time Democratic challenger Jason Crow.

Coffman said he lost because his race turned into a referendum on the president. At a news conference Wednesday, Trump said, “Too bad, Mike.”

Coffman represented his suburban Denver district for five terms even though it grew steadily more liberal and diverse. He tried to win a sixth by distancing himself from Trump, who is unpopular there.

Crow was among at least two dozen Democrats who won House seats currently held by Republicans, giving Democrats a majority in the chamber and dramatically changing the balance of power in Washington.

Trump also took a jab at Utah Republican congresswoman Mia Love, who was trailing her Democratic challenger.

Trump said, “Mia Love gave me no love, and she lost.” Love’s race remained too close to call Wednesday.


9:55 a.m.

Democrat Dave Young has defeated Republican Brian Watson to become Colorado’s treasurer.

Young is a state representative from Weld County. He’s a member of the Legislature’s powerful Joint Budget Committee, which crafts the annual state budget.

Watson championed his entrepreneurial experience as an investor in seeking the post, which oversees state accounts and investments.

Democrats pointed to a bankruptcy filing and an IRS lien for taxes involving two firms in which Watson was involved. Watson said economic conditions were to blame and that the experience boosted his credentials for treasurer.

Young replaces two-term Republican treasurer Walker Stapleton, who ran for governor.


8:30 a.m.

Colorado voters rejected statewide ballot measures seeking to raise taxes, but they approved some targeted, local tax increases.

Voters in Grand Junction backed doubling the city’s lodging tax to 6 percent to pay for more tourism promotion and marketing according to Tuesday night’s unofficial election results. The Daily Sentinel reports some of the money will be used to offer incentives for additional airline flights.

In Snowmass Village, an overwhelming number of voters backed a 5 percent sales tax on retail marijuana. The Aspen Daily News says it will fund general municipal expenses, rather than be set aside for a specific purpose.

Meanwhile, the Coloradoan reports Larimer County voters approved a 0.25 percent sales tax increase to pay for mental health services, including a new facility on county-owned property.

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