Coffman’s switch to governor’s race could boost Democrats’ shot at electing an attorney general

Author: Ernest Luning - November 13, 2017 - Updated: November 14, 2017

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman wasn’t only taking a gamble with her political future Wednesday when she jumped from a run for re-election to a slot in Colorado’s crowded Republican gubernatorial primary — she was creating an open seat a year before the election and throwing another curve into a cycle that’s been full of them.

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Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.