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Colorado's 2nd congressional district
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Current Representative Jared Polis (D)
Area 5,664 mi²
Distribution 87.3% urban, 12.7% rural
Population (2000) 614,465
Median income $55,204
Ethnicity 78.9% White, 1.0% Black, 3.2% Asian, 14.7% Hispanic, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% other
Cook PVI D+11

The 2nd Congressional district of Colorado is located in north-central Colorado, encompassing the northwestern suburbs of Denver, the city of Boulder and mountain towns such as Vail, Grand Lake and Idaho Springs. It is represented in the 111th United States Congress by Democrat Jared Polis.

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History

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1990s alignment

Following the 1990 U.S. census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 2nd Congressional district consisted of Boulder, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties, as well as portions of Adams, and Jefferson counties.

2000s alignment

Following the 2000 U.S. census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 2nd Congressional district consisted of Broomfield, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, and Summit counties, as well as portions of Adams, Boulder, Jefferson, and Weld counties.

Historic Representation

Congress Representative Party
53rd-57th (1893-1903) John Calhoun Bell Populist
58th-59th (1903-1907) Franklin Eli Brooks Republican
60th (1907-1909) George Washington Cook
61st-62nd (1909-1913) John Andrew Martin Democrat
63rd (1913-1915) Harry Hunter Seldomridge
64th-72nd (1915-1933) Charles Bateman Timberlake Republican
73rd-76th (1933-1941) Fred Nelson Cummings Democrat
77th-85th (1941-1959) William Silas Hill Republican
86th (1959-1961) Byron Johnson Democrat
87th (1961-1963) Pete Dominick Republican
88th (1963-1965) Don Brotzman
89th (1965-1967) Roy McVicker Democrat
90th-93rd (1967-1975) Don Brotzman Republican
94th-99th (1975-1987) Tim Wirth Democrat
100th-105th (1987-1999) David Skaggs
106th-110th (1999-2009) Mark Udall
111th (2009-) Jared Polis

Competitiveness

This district is anchored in Boulder and Adams Counties which have the bulk of population in the district. A liberal base around the city of Boulder (home of the University of Colorado) and a moderate amount of Latino population in the Adams County portion of district usually means that Democrats do well here. In 2004 John Kerry defeated George W. Bush in this district 58 to 41 percent.[1]

Election Results

2004 election

US House election, 2004: Colorado District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mark Udall 207,900 67.2
Republican Stephen M. Hackman 94,160 30.0
Libertarian Norm Olsen 5,193 2.4
Turnout 309,364

2006 election

US House election, 2006: Colorado District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mark Udall 157,949 68.3 +1.1
Republican Rich Mancuso 65,481 28.3 -1.7
Libertarian Norm Olsen 5,025 2.2 -0.2
Green J.A. Calhoun 2,951 1.3
Turnout 231,406 100%

2008 election

2008 Democratic Primary

US House election, 2008: Colorado District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jared Polis 19,942 41.7%
Democratic Joan Fitz-Gerald 18,181 38.0%
Democratic Will Shafroth 9,708 20.3%
Turnout 47,831 100%

General Election

US House election, 2008: Colorado District 2
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jared Polis 215,567 62.6% -5.7%
Republican Scott Starin 116,590 33.9% +5.6%
Green J.A. Calhoun 10,026 3.0% +1.7%
Unity Party (US) Bill Hammons 2,176 0.6%
Turnout 344,359 100% +48.8%

References

  1. ^ CQ Politics | Congressional Seats in Transition


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