Jared Polis claims historic win over Walker Stapleton to become Colorado’s next governor | SkyHiNews.com

Jared Polis claims historic win over Walker Stapleton to become Colorado’s next governor

By JON MURRAY and NIC GARCIA / The Denver Post

Congressman Jared Polis, D-Boulder, is the Democratic nominee for governor.

Voters on Tuesday have handed the reins of Colorado's government to Jared Polis, a five-term congressman from Boulder whose pledges on an array of issues promised a leftward shift for a state that long had reveled in its middle-ground status.

In calling for Colorado to head in a more progressive direction, Polis prevailed over Republican Walker Stapleton – the two-term state treasurer, who spent much of the campaign pleading with voters to put the brakes on Polis' agenda.

At 8:30 p.m., Polis was leading 51 percent to 45 percent, with an estimated two-thirds of the vote counted.

Polis, 43, makes history both as Colorado's first Jewish governor and the first openly gay man elected to lead any U.S. state. (New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey came out as gay while in office in 2004.)

Read the full story at www.denverpost.com/2018/11/06/colorado-governor-race-results

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