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Colorado Democrats once again dominate fundraising in competitive State House races | Elections

Democratic candidates have widened their fundraising avenues in all but one of the most competitive elections for the Colorado House of Representatives in the final weeks before Election Day.

Democrats are winning the money race in nine of the House’s 10 most competitive contests, according to reports from the secretary of state’s office. In each of those 10 races, Democratic candidates have edged out their Republican opponents in the past two weeks, according to the latest reports.

This is the penultimate campaign finance report candidates will file before Election Day on November 8, and it comes as the November election has the potential to bring big changes to the Colorado State House.

Last year, the state redrew its district boundaries, shifting many sitting lawmakers, shifting the political balance in each district and making several House seats competitive for the first time in a decade. While the Democrats are unlikely to lose control of the chamber – enjoying a whopping 41-24 majority – the Republican candidates have a chance of flipping a substantial number of seats to create an almost evenly divided legislature, although the Republican candidates will now have to overcome a significant fundraising deficit in all but one of the most competitive races.

The biggest fundraising jump came from Rep. Marc Snyder, the Democrat seeking re-election in House District 18. Snyder has taken in more than $28,000 since Oct. 4, bringing his total to $143,000. By comparison, Republican challenger Shana Black raised a total of $20,320.

Black took out a nearly $11,000 loan in an attempt to bridge the funding gap, but his spending still pales in comparison to Snyder’s — $23,000 versus $85,000, respectively.

District 18 is Colorado’s most politically competitive after the state redrew its district boundaries last year, leaning toward the Democrats by just 0.3% based on analysis by the redistricting commission. However, voter registrations show the district, based in El Paso and Teller counties, is now leaning slightly to the right, with more than 2,200 more Republican voters than Democrats.

Although Snyder had the biggest increase in fundraising, two other Democrats also raised more than $20,000 in the past two weeks, and four other Democrats raised more than $10,000.

Only one Republican candidate has raised more than $10,000 since the last campaign finance report: Shelli Shaw, who is running for House District 59 against incumbent Democrat Representative Barbara McLachlan. Shaw has raised over $13,000 since October 4, totaling just under $80,000 so far. However, McLachlan raised $18,000 during the same period, and his total was over $163,000, more than double Shaw’s earnings.

McLachlan has steadily increased his fundraising advantage each month, from $32,000 in August to $51,000 in September and $83,000 now. District 59 — which includes Archuleta, La Plata and San Juan counties and parts of Montezuma County — sits at 2.2% Democrat based on the redistricting analysis. Latest voter registrations show he has 4,200 more Republican voters than Democrats.

The only competitive race that favors the Republican nominee financially is in House District 19, where Republican nominee Rep. Dan Woog raised just under $74,000, while Democratic nominee Jennifer Lea Parenti raised more than $74,000. $69,000.

Although Woog holds the financial advantage, this is by far the smallest difference in fundraising for any of the 10 most competitive House races. Parenti has also steadily narrowed the gap, going from a deficit of $13,000 last month to under $7,000 two weeks ago to around $4,600 now.

District 19, which is in Boulder and Weld counties, is technically an open seat due to the departure of Republican Rep. Tim Geitner and Woog being removed from his District 63. The redistricting analysis and results of the voter registration indicate a small Republican advantage. , with a redistricting favoring the GOP by 1.5% and voter registration showing 712 more Republicans than Democrats.

Other notable races include House District 38, where incumbent Democratic Rep. David Ortiz raised more than $211,000 — the highest fundraising total for any competitive House candidate. Although Ortiz financially dominates Republican candidate Jaylen Mosqueira, who has raised more than $61,000, District 38 has a slightly larger Republican population, with about 700 more Republican voters than Democrats.

The race for House District 13 features the biggest disparity in fundraising, with Democratic Rep. Julie McCluskie winning $202,000 compared to Republican opponent David Buckley’s $20,600. District 13 is an open seat after redistricting. He has a sizable Democratic advantage of 5.4%, according to the redistricting analysis, but he actually has 1,000 more Republican voters than Democrats.

Colorado Politics identified the most politically competitive State House districts by examining estimated competitiveness from the Independent Redistricting Commission report, in addition to September’s most recent active voter registration numbers.

Here’s where the remaining 10 most competitive House races stand for fundraising:

House District 25

● Tammy Story (D): $146,097 — up $23,100

● Colin Larson (R): $70,954 — up $4,200

House District 26

● Meghan Lukens (D): $158,200 — up $20,300

● Savannah Wolfson (R): $84,741 — up $8,300

House District 61

● Eliza Hamrick (D): $126,016 — up $8,400

● Dave Woolever (R): $32,646 — up $4,100

House District 16

● Stephanie Vigil (D): $59,310 — up $5,100

● Dave Donelson (R): $45,135 — up $3,000

House District 28

● Sheila Lieder (D): $80,070 — up $19,700

● Dan Montoya (R): $30,867 — up $3,300


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