- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

DENVER (AP) - This fall, Colorado voters will make choices that affect a national struggle for U.S. Senate, determine whether Gov. John Hickenlooper gets a second term and decide which party holds key statewide offices. Here are five political races to watch in Colorado this campaign season:


Democratic Sen. Mark Udall seeks a second term against Republican Rep. Cory Gardner of Yuma. It’s a contest that could determine whether Democrats maintain control of the Senate, and almost certainly will be most expensive Senate contest in Colorado history.


Also seeking a second term is Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who once seemed invincible but has struggled to explain his positions on the death penalty, oil and gas regulation and gun control. He’s up against former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, a Republican who lost the governor’s race in 2006 but has honed in on Hickenlooper’s death penalty and gun stances.


There’s an open contest for the job that oversees Colorado elections law. Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler is leaving office after losing the GOP gubernatorial primary. Seeking his place are Republican El Paso County Clerk Wayne Williams and Democrat Joe Neguse, a University of Colorado regent.


The retirement of Republican Attorney General John Suthers has attracted intense interest. One of his deputies, Cynthia Coffman, is seeking to keep the post in GOP hands against Don Quick, a Democrat and former prosecutor. Colorado’s gay marriage ban has divided them. Quick has said he wouldn’t defend Colorado’s 2006 ban, while Coffman believes it must be maintained unless a court throws it out or voters repeal it.


Colorado’s treasurer’s office attracts little attention but has some familiar names to raise its profile. Republican incumbent Walker Stapleton, considered a rising star for the GOP, seeks a second term against Democrat Betsy Markey. Markey served a single term in Congress in the 4th District.

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