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Kirkmeyer wins GOP primary for new US House seat in Colorado

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Barbara Kirkmeyer faced Lori Saine, Tyler Allcorn and Jan Kulmann in the primary. She'll go against Yadira Caraveo, who had no challengers in the Democratic primary.

COLORADO, USA — State Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer was declared the winner of the four-way race for the Republican nomination in the 8th Congressional District primary on Tuesday, according to results from The Associated Press.

The U.S. House of Representatives race for the newly formed district is expected to be one of the most contested in the country. It runs from the north side of the Denver metro area into northern Colorado. It includes areas in Adams, Larimer, and Weld counties.

Kirkmeyer beat out Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann, Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine and Army Special Forces veteran Tyler Allcorn.

"Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who volunteered, campaigned, donated and voted for me," Kirkmeyer said on Twitter. "It was because of each one of you that we were able to tell Nancy Pelosi and D.C. Cems that in Colorado, we make up our own minds."

The latest results are below:

Rep. Yadira Caraveo, a Thornton pediatrician whose district is in Adams County, did not face a challenger in the Democratic primary.

Kulmann has served on the Thornton City Council for nearly a decade and has been mayor since 2019. She is also an oil and gas engineer and serves on the board of a charter school in Adams 12. She is a conservative who is pro-life, with certain exceptions, and prioritizes mental health care over gun control.

Saine was a state representative for Colorado's 63rd District from 2013 to 2021 before becoming a Weld County commissioner. She is an outspoken, far-right candidate who has stirred up controversy. That includes accusing Caraveo of being an "abortionist" without evidence. She also accused the groups running the Colorado Republican Rumble of keeping her out of the debate after she failed to RSVP.

Kirkmeyer represents Colorado's 23rd District and previously served as a Weld County commissioner. She is a centrist who is pro-life except when the mother's life is in danger. During her time as a county commissioner, she was involved in Weld County declaring it was a "Second Amendment sanctuary" that would not honor new state gun laws.

Allcorn is a former U.S. Army Green Beret who served four tours in the Middle East and western Asia. He emigrated to the United States from Canada when he was 9 years old.

There were about 419,343 active voters in the congressional district as of June 1 - 115,549 Democrats, 103,035 Republicans and 192,427 unaffiliated voters.

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