Because of your support and hard work, Colorado Republicans are celebrating our most successful election in more than a decade. We retained all of our Republican seats in Congress, elected a Republican Attorney General, state Treasurer and Secretary of State, made significant gains in the Colorado House of Representatives and took back the majority in the Colorado State Senate for the first time since 2004. And for the first time since 1978, we unseated an incumbent U.S. Senator and will be sending Cory Gardner to Washington, D.C. to join a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate.
Republicans enjoyed the strongest ticket in more than a decade, but our success was due in large part to our unity as a Party and the hard work of volunteers just like you. As Ronald Reagan observed, shortly after his election to the governorship of California, “We discovered we could no longer afford the luxury of internal fighting, backbiting and throat-cutting. We discovered our philosophical difference with those presently in power was greater than any grudge or split within our own ranks. We were ready and in position to offer an alternative for those concerned citizens who wanted to join with others, not to win a contest, but to preserve a way of life.” And in Colorado, we did just that, and set an example and a model that Republicans around the country can follow to win in increasingly competitive states and challenging, diverse districts.
While we are proud of our many victories, we did come up short in a few races. I couldn’t be prouder and more grateful for Bob Beauprez and Jill Repella for running a hard-fought campaign for Governor and Lieutenant Governor against strong incumbents. And we should all be thankful for our congressional candidates Martin Walsh, George Leing and Don Ytterberg who each ran honorable campaigns that not only put Democrats on defense, but also effectively championed our message and boosted our Republican candidates up and down the ballot.
Now that Republicans have won, it’s time to demonstrate how Republican principles will help improve the lives of Colorado families.
Over the coming weeks and months, our newly elected officials will assume the roles and responsibilities that Coloradans have entrusted to them. They will be a check on the failed leadership of President Obama and harmful Democrat policies, and Republicans will offer common sense solutions to the many challenges facing our state and nation.
And as we continue to build on the progress we have made, it’s clear that our Party, our state and our nation will have brighter days ahead, and that’s because of fantastic supporters like you.
Thank you again.
Ryan Call, Chairman
Colorado Republican Committee