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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► The Primary Election is today, which should not come as much of a surprise to anyone reading these words. If you still have a mail ballot buried under a pile of coupons at the end of your kitchen table, don’t even think about mailing that sucker (ballots must be received by your county clerk before 7:00 pm on Tuesday; postmark dates are irrelevant). For ballot drop-off locations and other in-person voting locations, go to JustVoteColorado.org.
The Colorado Secretary of State’s office has updated voting turnout results as of 8:00 am today. Turnout for Democrats is at 23%, while Republican voters are nearing 28%.
And remember, if you see a candidate, staffer, or volunteer today, say thanks.
► Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is in Denver today
to enjoy the Primary festivities for a campaign event at the headquarters of something called the “Galvanize” co-working space. Clinton will also attend at least one private fundraising event today before departing Colorado.
► Benghazi! Oh, wait…
As the Washington Post reports:
A final report issued by the Republican majority that investigated the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, found fault with virtually every element of the executive branch response to the attacks but provided no new evidence of specific wrongdoing by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [Pols emphasis]…
…But while it contains voluminous additional details of what happened before, during and after the attacks on State Department and CIA compounds in Benghazi, the report’s overall narrative does not substantively differ from previous investigations and numerous news accounts over the years.
That sound you hear is the echo of Republicans slapping their foreheads and yelping, D’oh!
► Can El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn complete his long journey to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate? As the conservative National Review explains…maybe:
Three months ago, El Paso (Colo.) county commissioner Darryl Glenn had just over $11,000 in his Senate-campaign account. He had no paid staffers. And though he’d elevated his profile with a stem-winder of a speech at Colorado’s GOP convention and won his way onto the ballot — much to the surprise of many onlookers — as recently as mid May, most Republicans were still writing him off.
But that was then.
Though several Colorado Republicans describe the primary race as a “crapshoot,” many now expect Glenn to emerge victorious when primary ballots are tallied Tuesday evening. In the five-way primary, he has managed to capitalize on the fractured field thanks to a surge of support from movement conservatives, including an outside group that has made independent expenditures on his behalf.
We’ve had Glenn atop The Big Line ever since he pulled off his stunning upset at the State Republican Convention in April. If we were the betting type — and we are — we’d have to go with Glenn as the favorite tonight. But if you read the news today in Colorado, you’ll notice a common theme: CRAPSHOOT!
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