Colorado Gov. Jared Polis wins decisive reelection over challenger Ganahl

Seth Klamann
The Denver Post
Republican gubernatorial candidate and University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl, right, responds to a question during a debate with Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Denver. Polis was reelected Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Olivia Sun/The Colorado Sun

Gov. Jared Polis won a convincing and expected reelection victory after opening an early and dominant lead over challenger Heidi Ganahl on Tuesday night, extending Democrats’ record-setting control of the state’s chief executive and signaling the limits of Republican gains.

“It has been the honor of my life to serve as your governor over the past four years, and it will be my honor to continue serving as your governor for the next four years,” a beaming Polis told supporters just before 8 p.m. at Democrat watch party.

As results continued to trickle in, Polis’s lead continued to balloon. By 7:45 p.m., he was up nearly 300,000 votes — 702,000 to Ganahl’s 424,000. Fox News, ABC and NBC had all called the race for Polis shortly after polls closed at 7 p.m. The Associated Press called Polis’s race shortly after 8 p.m.

As Polis spoke to a cheering crowd, a quiet ballroom at the Republican Party’s watch party watched national results trickle in Tuesday evening. Ganahl was expected to leave the event early, as well, though she was chatting with supporters in the lobby shortly before polls closed.

This story is from The Denver Post.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

As a Summit Daily News reader, you make our work possible.

Summit Daily is embarking on a multiyear project to digitize its archives going back to 1989 and make them available to the public in partnership with the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. The full project is expected to cost about $165,000. All donations made in 2023 will go directly toward this project.

Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference.