Colorado Primary Election 2022: Live Blog, Updates, Results and More
— Stephanie Rivera
2 p.m.: Frank Martin is a registered Democrat in Glenwood Springs. He said that Roe V. Wade, gun control, voting rights are the main issue for him this election.
He said he was considering voting Republican to prevent Congresswoman Lauren Boebert from winning Congressional District 3. But he ultimately voted for Democrat Sol Sandoval because he felt she was first among the candidates.
1:30 p.m.: Beth Trollinger is a registered Republican and took some time off before work to vote at a center in Lakewood. She told CPR’s Rachel Estabrook that she had been an unaffiliated voter in the past and was concerned about climate change and the economy, but especially the division of the country. For this reason, she said she supports more moderate candidates.
“It almost feels like the fundamentalist party of Republicans is behind the times,” she said. “You can’t go back now in this society.”
Trollinger referenced the United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V. Wade.
“There’s going to be a lot of soul-searching,” she added. “It’s going to be very hard for women and men…it’s a hard thing to go back and learn to deal with our sexuality in very different ways.”
Hali Marquez was also motivated to vote because of the Court’s decision. She said she was also concerned about the future of same-sex marriage and access to contraception.
“I’m very worried about our future in this country right now,” Marquez said. “I feel like everyone should vote, regardless of their political camp.”
She said she voted Democratic on Tuesday and hopes for candidates who support immigrant and women’s rights.
On the other side of the political spectrum was Rebekah Geneva, who is registered as a Republican but characterized her views as conservative. She said she voted in person due to election security concerns.
“I didn’t even feel comfortable putting my vote in a drop box, so I’m coming in person today,” Geneva said.
Since the last election, she has said some Republicans aren’t conservative enough and prays for God to intervene.
“I don’t know if you want to call them RINO Republicans… I think there are Republicans who are not true to what they are supposed to stand for and to the party they are supposed to represent.”
12:25 p.m.: Supporters of Rep. Lauren Boebert were in Grand Junction Tuesday morning, shouting every time a car honked in support. Steven Smith, one of the sign-holders, told CPR News reporter Caitlyn Kim that inflation, immigration and gas prices were top of mind.