Colorado moves left as Democrats sweep to victories
DENVER -- Generating its own "blue wave," Colorado moved markedly left in the midterm elections, choosing the nation's first openly gay governor, ousting a five-term GOP congressman and capturing key state offices held by Republicans. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis handily defeated Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton in Tuesday's race to succeed centrist Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is term-limited and considering a 2020 presidential run.