Tipton holds slight lead over Pace

Editor’s note: This is the Cortez Journal’s weekly roundup of campaign news.

DENVER — Time is quickly running out for unregistered voters who want to have a say in the November election.

In addition to the presidential race, Coloradans will be electing members of Congress, voting on marijuana legalization and choosing local officials.

The registration deadline is Tuesday. People can verify their registrations online — and register if needed — at govotecolorado.com. They can also visit county clerk’s offices or state driver’s license offices to register.

(Many government offices are closed Monday for Columbus Day.)

Close race for Congress: Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, was leading Democratic challenger Sal Pace 42 percent to 39 percent.

The poll was done by a partisan organization, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and details on who answered the poll were not released.

Still, it is the first publicly available poll of the contest.

Pace was happy with the results, which put him in striking distance.

“It also proves that our positive message of standing up for hardworking Colorado families has given us the momentum going into the final stretch,” Pace said in a prepared statement.

Tipton’s campaign manager, Michael Fortney, called the poll “simple desperation in the form of an unsubstantiated Democrat polling memo. Regardless of how badly Sal Pace is wishing this was reality, nobody is taking this seriously.”

Both campaigns released new television ads this week.

Here comes the flood: As expected, big money from political parties in Denver and Washington is pouring into the state legislative race that pits incumbent Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio, against Durango Democrat Mike McLachlan. The race is among the closest in the state, and Denver Democrats recently spent $100,000 on television ads. Brown is getting help from Republican groups in Denver and Washington, D.C.

Countdown: 31 days until Election Day. Nine days until mail voting begins. Three days left to register to vote.

joeh@cortezjournal.com