Race for Colorado’s Next Attorney General Heats Up

Weiser, Brauchler already drawing sharp contrasts in general election race to succeed Cynthia Cooffman

Phil Weiser (left) and George Brauchler (right)

Both major political parties are targeting Colorado’s attorney general race as a must-win election. With 35 state attorneys general offices in play across the country this November, Democrats nationally are eyeing several possible pick-ups from a list that includes states such as Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Colorado, where Republicans have controlled the top lawyer post since 2005.

After a hard-fought primary on the Democratic side of the ticket, candidate Phil Weiser edged out Rep. Joe Salazar in the June 26 primary by about 5,000 votes. Weiser served as deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama administration and spent five years as dean of the University of Colorado Law School. Weiser outraised Salazar by more than $1.3 million in campaign cash, and also received an endorsement from Gov. John Hickenlooper. Salazar’s key endorsement was from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Republican candidate and 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler ran unopposed in the June 26 primary.

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