State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer was elected as the Republican nominee in Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District on Tuesday, despite Democratic efforts to promote former state Rep. Lori Saine, who received financial backing from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s PAC.
Upto this date, 97 percent of the votes have been counted, and Colorado State Senator Kirkmeyer has received 40.9% of the vote, followed by Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann with 22.8% and Saine with 19.6%.
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Lori Saine, Colorado Gop House Candidate Supported by Pelosi PAC, Loses Primary Election
Democrats in several states, including Colorado, have supported conservative or far-right candidates in the hope of defeating them in the general election.
The House Majority PAC, which is led by Pelosi, spent $46,000 on TV ads to help elect Saine. Saine’s anti-abortion and pro-gun rights stances, as well as her support for former President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud in 2020, were emphasized in the ads.
“Do we really want a conservative warrior as our next member of Congress?” went the script for one ad, which concluded: “Lori Saine: She’s way too conservative for Colorado.”
Additionally, Democrats gambled over $2 million on Colorado state Representative Ron Hanks’ US Senate campaign, expecting him to defeat businessman Joe O’Dea due to GOP voter unease with O’Dea’s moderate stance on abortion.
With a massive 72.5% landslide win at today’s Colorado Congressional District 8 Republican Assembly, I’m proud to be the ONLY candidate with GRASSROOTS conservative support. pic.twitter.com/TzdpkKqL94
— Lori Saine for Congress (@lorisaine) April 2, 2022
Illinois state senator Darren Bailey, who voted against Governor J.B. Pritzker‘s closure of COVID-19, received substantial financial support from the Democratic Governors Association.
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro in Pennsylvania spent over $600,000 on ads attacking Republican state Sen. Doug Mastriano in the Republican primary. Mastriano, who was seen on video walking with his wife through breached barricades during Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot he helped incite by organizing bus trips to Washington for Trump supporters, emerged victorious from a tight race.
Some Democrats have voiced concern that this strategy could backfire in what is widely anticipated to be a hostile midterm environment for the party.
Former Democratic Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, who backed Republican Todd Akin in his primary and then defeated him to win reelection in 2012, said this week that the process must be handled with great care. Also, “Be careful what you wish for.”
Kirkmeyer will challenge state senator Yadira Caraveo.