2020 Colorado elections

Colorado Primary Night Results

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is poised to pull off a double-digit victory in Colorado's Democratic presidential primary, leading with about 36 percent of the vote in preliminary returns. Sander's strength was distributed statewide, with only around a dozen of Colorado's 64 counties going for a different candidate.

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For the first time in two decades, voters in Colorado will participate in a presidential primary rather than a caucus. El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman provides some insight on what voters should expect as they fill out their ballots.

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President Donald Trump riffed for more than an hour to a near-capacity crowd in Colorado Springs on Thursday night.

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Thousands of people waited for President Donald Trump in the finger-numbing cold outside the Broadmoor World Arena on Thursday morning. The president wasn’t scheduled to arrive for another nine hours, but the line had been building since the night before.

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Local GOP officials expect President Donald Trump’s “Keep America Great” rally on Thursday to draw a packed crowd to Colorado Springs.

The Broadmoor World Arena fits just over 8,000 people. All the free tickets have been claimed online, according to organizers. Seating inside will be first-come, first-served. At 9:30 a.m., local law enforcement reported the parking lot at the venue was at capacity.

For wolf advocate Larry Wiess, the battle to bring wolves back to Colorado isn't just about ecology. It's about challenging more than a century of U.S. wildlife management.

Last summer, the retired animal rights lawyer spent days gathering signatures for an initiative set to appear on Colorado's November ballot. If successful, it could force the state to capture and release wolves in Western Colorado by 2024.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

DENVER (AP) — An initiative to reintroduce gray wolves to Colorado has qualified for the November ballot. The secretary of state’s office says supporters turned in enough valid voter signatures to qualify the measure.

The gray wolf has been successfully reintroduced to a number of U.S. states but was eradicated in Colorado in the 1940s.

A group called the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund is campaigning for the plan. Colorado ranchers and other interests strongly oppose it, saying it would threaten livestock as well as elk, moose, deer and other animals.

Colorado's poised to put the question of wolf reintroduction on the November ballot. One unanswered question is how the predators might affect the spread of chronic wasting disease, if at all.

CWD is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that currently infects deer, elk, moose and reindeer. Critics of wolf reintroduction argue that more predators on the landscape could further spread CWD.