DENVER, CO — As we turn to the general election, a quick look back at each campaign’s success in their primary helps forecast how the rest of the election will play out. Colorado Public Radio crunched the numbers and determined, “in terms of dollars per vote, Stapleton got the most bang for his buck. Each vote he received cost about $16. Polis spent $44 a vote.”
“The Stapleton campaign claimed a decisive victory in the Republican primary despite being outspent by our opponents because of our efficient structure and connection to grassroots voters across the state,” said Campaign Manager Michael Fortney. “On the other hand, Congressman Polis dumped an unprecedented amount of his personal fortune to buy his primary victory by roughly the same margin. Polis’ $44 per vote is not a good sign for his general election prospects. Polis will do anything to win and outspend anyone who gets in his way, but no amount of money can hide his radical, left wing agenda that Coloradans don’t support. This is one race he can’t buy.”
- Walker ran a strong primary campaign and didn’t have to buy the election to win — Walker was outspent by $2.5 million by the second place Republican finisher and still won by about 18 points. Polis spent about 5 times more in his primary than the Stapleton campaign spent and both campaigns won by roughly the same margin.
- Walker has the backing of grassroots Republicans across Colorado – he is the only candidate in Colorado history who has been able to announce he was going through the Colorado Assembly process and then win the Assembly 96 hours later.
- Walker has support from across Colorado – his clear and concise message has been endorsed by the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, The Durango Herald, over 50 county commissioners, and Sheriffs and District Attorneys across the state.
- Walker’s primary opponents have united behind him and Republicans are ready to win in November – Victor Mitchell, Doug Robinson, and Greg Lopez all came out to support Walker on the GOP Unity Tour in what KDVR’s Joe St. George called, “…A Pretty Powerful Show of Unity,” and media outlets across Colorado highlighted this unity.