POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Where the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate stand on key Colorado issues ahead of primary

Rivals John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff are offering distinct choices for voters ahead of the June 30 election

 

Q: ELECTORAL COLLEGE


 

Q:

Do you support abolishing the Electoral College in favor of the national popular vote?

Background: The Electoral College picks U.S. presidents by awarding electors to the candidate who wins each state, rather than the one who wins the most votes nationwide. It’s become a target of the left in recent years as critics argue the system gives disproportionate political power to rural states and allows just a handful of swing states to decide national elections. Still, supporters say it ensures small-states’ rights are not overshadowed entirely by a few massive population centers in states such as California and New York. Colorado has been at the forefront of the debate in recent years, and home to the “faithless elector” movement in 2016, a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, and a controversial 2019 bill to join a national popular-vote movement that faces a repeal vote in November.

 

Keep the Electoral College

A: Hickenlooper has expressed reservations about dropping the Electoral College. He told The Sun in 2019: “In the end, our Founding Fathers got things pretty right. It might be best to just stay right where we are.”

 

 

 

Electoral College should be abolished

A: Romanoff believes the national popular vote -- not the Electoral College -- should determine who wins, so the candidate with the most votes would become president.

 

 

The Candidates


Click a candidate to see where they stand.


 

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

Former Colorado governor and Denver mayor   

Andrew Romanoff

Andrew Romanoff

Former state House speaker and director Mental Health Colorado