John Hickenlooper won his first but not without suffering a few blows, which the best Democrats who recruited the former Colorado governor had hoped to avoid. Hickenlooper’s mistakes, though largely self-inflicted, could end up helping Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican who – given the history of the Colorado vote – seems particularly vulnerable. In the western part of the state, a reigning Republican deputy was expelled from an extreme right-wing challenger.
In another closely followed race, Republicans in Oklahoma City were unable to gather around a candidate on Tuesday and two candidates will go to an outflow in late August for the chance to face Democratic Representative Kendra Horn, one of the most big surprises for Democrats in Midterms 201
And in Utah, a former NFL player and Fox News commentator will face a Democrat in another important GOP retreat opportunity.
A republican incumbent falls
To the night’s biggest surprise, Representative Scott Tipton, a Trump-backed congressman representing western Colorado, lost his primaries with Lauren Boebert, a far-right owner of a gun-themed restaurant that recently fought to keep his business open despite Colorado Coronavirus Regulations.
Tipton conceded to Boebert on Tuesday evening, stating in a statement that the Republicans in her district “have decided who they want to run against the Democrats this November. I want to congratulate Lauren Boebert and wish her and her supporters good.”
Trump approved Tipton on Monday in a tweet, but minutes after the deputy was granted, the Republican president praised Boebert.
“Congratulations on a truly exceptional victory,” he wrote, about 24 hours after supporting Boebert’s opponent.
Boebert’s victory is the latest example of a candidate sympathizing with the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory that wins the Republican primaries. Boebert told an interviewer in May that he was “familiar with” the conspiracy, adding that it was “just motivating and encouraging and bringing people together, stronger, and if that’s real, then it could be really fantastic for our country” .
Democrats quickly slammed the newly minted Republican candidate, with Cheri Bustos, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, quickly asking Washington Republicans to “immediately deny Lauren Boebert and her extremist and dangerous conspiracy theories.”
Hickenlooper comes out of the primary bruise
On Tuesday, Hickenlooper won his main Democratic opponent, former House president Andrew Romanoff.
But it wasn’t a clear win.
Hickenlooper, the establishment’s choice to face vulnerable Republican Senator Cory Gardner and a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, repeatedly stumbled on Tuesday’s primary election, including activists who got angry at a confused response on Black Lives Matter and Colorado Independent Ethics Commission that the former governor found violated ethics laws twice in 2018.
“We will all get together to beat Cory Gardner and bring about the change that this country desperately needs,” Hickenlooper said in a recorded video. “I’ve never lost the election in this state, and I’m not going to lose it. There’s really too much at stake.”
Hickenlooper’s struggle to get out of the primary has clearly frustrated the national Democrats, especially considering how important it is to defeat Gardner in November for democratic hopes of regaining the Senate. Without a Hickenlooper victory, those possibilities are significantly more difficult.
And struggling to get out of primary school, Hickenlooper has provided Republicans with more material against him in the next four months.
“If watching him collapse under pressure in recent weeks is an indication,” hot past “Hickenlooper is in a very rough race,” said Joanna Rodriguez, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, over the former governor’s victory.
The promising Republicans of Oklahoma House headed for the outflow
No Republican vying for the chance to face Democratic representative Kendra Horn in November was able to avoid an outflow on Tuesday, which means that state senator Stephanie Bice and businesswoman Terry Neese will clash on August 25th.
The winner of the Republican primaries will face Horn, whose ability to win in 2018 in the Oklahoma City district, President Donald Trump, with 13 points, was undoubtedly the biggest surprise for the Democrats in the medium term.
The district has been evolving as Oklahoma City and the surrounding suburbs become younger and more educated, two factors that help Democrats. But Horn benefited from the fact that Trump did not participate in the vote in 2018, and Republicans hope Trump can boost the republican in the district.
Bice and Neese were the two pioneers in the primaries to vote on Tuesday. Bice is best funded, raising more than $ 1 million by the end of the pre-primary reporting period on June 10th. But Neese was able to partially self-finance her main offering, lending her campaign $ 450,000 while raising around $ 532,000.
Republicans choose a candidate in a possible retreat to the House
Utah Democrat Ben McAdams narrowly won his seat in Congress in 2018 and Republicans are hoping to make him a permanent member.
And on Tuesday, the party chose its candidate: former NFL player Burgess Owens, a Fox News commentator who raised more money than all his Republican rivals in the lead.
Owens, who played a decade in the NFL as security for the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders, beat state representative Kim Coleman to win the nomination.
Trump led Utah’s fourth congressional district by 7 points in 2016. And while McAdams won in 2018, his victory was limited, leading Republicans to see the district as the main target for the fall party.
If Owens, who is Black, is able to defeat McAdams, he would become one of the few black Republicans in both Capitol Hill legislative bodies.
This story was updated with further developments on Wednesday.
CNN’s Adam Levy and Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.