Ed. note:  Colorado Republicans' delegate selection process started with precinct caucuses on March 1, however, they did not do a straw poll:

Colorado Republican Party
February 27, 2016

Why There Will Be No Presidential Straw Poll On Tuesday

Special note from Colorado GOP Chairman Steve House on the executive committee’s decision to eliminate the presidential straw poll:

This past week I have received many questions about why the Colorado GOP eliminated the presidential straw poll at this year’s caucus. There are several important facts and considerations to take into account.

At no time prior to this year has a straw poll bound delegates to specific candidates. Many thought that the 2012 straw poll bound delegates to winner Rick Santorum. In fact it did not. 

There are some voters who believe this year the Democrats will bind delegates to Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders on Tuesday – they will not. The last time either party bound their delegates was in 2000 when we had a presidential primary.

This year the Republican National Committee requires that if a party conducts a straw poll it must bind delegates to the results.

Some ask why the Colorado GOP doesn’t just comply and bind all of our delegates proportionally to the result of a straw poll. There are a number of reasons the executive committee decided against the poll this year and I won’t go into all of them.

However, I want to share my most pressing concern with doing a binding preference poll. There is no such thing as a binding preference poll because when you actually award delegates via a poll it’s not a poll – it’s an election. The results could affect the outcome of the presidential race because this year the race is likely to be very close if not unsettled at the national convention.

So what’s wrong with an election? Nothing if you are actually going to run it with all the precautions and security measures of an actual election. In our case we have over 2000 precincts in 64 counties where there is no uniformity of ballots, no uniform credentialing training process, no clarity on who actually counts ballots, no clear answer to who controls the tally sheets, and no uniform transparent process with integrity in the event there needs to be a recount. The prospect of awarding delegates through a straw poll with so many systemic loopholes and fraud risks is an unacceptable gamble given the stakes of this presidential election.

Picking our delegates through a controlled and secure four step process that is open to all registered Republicans is far preferable than an opaque straw poll. Something needs to change going forward but election integrity is still more important to me than any other factor.

I am confident that the process we use to elect delegates which provides the option for delegates to self bind to a presidential candidate will give Coloradans the opportunity they need to express their preference for president.


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Colorado Republican Party
March 2, 2016

DNC Chair Falsely Asserts CO GOP Canceled Caucus, Only Sending Super Delegates to Convention

DENVER, Colo. – Chairman of the Colorado Republican Committee Steve House released the following statement on DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s false claim on CNN the CO GOP “canceled” their caucus last night:

“DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s claim that we ‘canceled’ our caucus is probably news to the over 60,000 Colorado Republicans who showed up last night,” said Colorado Chairman Steve House. “Not only was her characterization of the caucus being canceled completely false, she also bizarrely claimed Colorado Republicans would only be represented by ‘super delegates’ at the convention.”

“Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz may be surprised to learn national delegate allocation in Colorado is actually quite similar to the Colorado Democrats’ process. However, as a party that respects the will of voters Colorado Republicans will have only three unelected delegates at the national convention, compared to the Colorado Democrats’ 12.”

“The rest of the Colorado GOP’s national delegates will be determined by Congressional assemblies and the state convention, bodies that will be heavily influenced by the very caucuses Wasserman Schultz dishonestly asserted were cancelled.”




Precinct Caucuses:
March 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM

County Assemblies:
March 1, 2016 – March 26, 2016

Multi-County (Congressional) Assemblies:

CD 1 - Saturday, April 2... Church for All Nations: 6500 W Coal Mine Ave Littleton CO 80127.
CD 6 - Saturday, April 2... Heritage Christian Center, 14401 E. Exposition Ave., Aurora, CO 80012.
CD 7 - Thursday, April 7... Arvada SDA Church, 7090 W 64th Ave, Arvada, CO 80003.
CD 2, 3, 4, 5 - Friday, April 8, 2016... Double Tree, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906. 

State Convention & Assembly: Saturday, April 9, 2016 – World Arena: 3185 Venetucci Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906


How are Colorado’s delegates elected?  Congressional assemblies will select 3 national delegates and 3 national alternate delegates a piece, 21 total delegates and 21 total alternate delegates. The State Convention will select 13 national delegates and 13 national alternate delegates. The 3 remaining unpledged delegates will be the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the State Party Chairman.

National delegate candidates must declare where they are running. One is allowed to run both in a Congressional assembly and at State Convention provided they filled out their intent to run form correctly and were elected to both a Congressional assembly and the State Convention by their county assembly. After the State Convention (if one is elected at a Congressional assembly and at State Convention) they have 10 days to decide which body they want to represent as a national delegate. After they make their selection one of the alternate delegates is elevated in the other assembly or convention delegate position.

Delegates may choose to run pledged or unpledged. If a national delegate candidate lists a presidential preference on their intent to run form they are bound through the first ballot in Cleveland to that candidate. If they leave the field blank they can support whoever they like on ballot 1.

Why are Congressional assemblies and the Colorado State Convention spread out over a week?  Congressional assemblies are held over the span of the week mainly for logistical purposes. Four of the 7 Congressional assemblies will be held on April 8th at the DoubleTree in CO Springs. CD7 will be on April 7th, CD1 & CD6 were held on April 2nd. You can find the exact dates and times here.

Who has been elected National Delegate?  You can find out here.

How many people are running to be a national delegate?  There are over 600 people running for 13 slots at the State Convention. At Congressional Assemblies the number of candidates varies. The deadline for forms to be turned in was 13 days prior to the assembly or convention a candidate is running in.

How does one run for national delegate?  Complete the national delegate Intent to Run Form. Form must be submitted (13) days prior to the assembly where a candidate intends to run. Form can be found on the CRC website: www.cologop.org. 

Who is eligible to be a national delegate?  Candidates must meet all requirements for precinct caucus, and be elected to attend the State and/or Congressional Conventions as either a delegate or alternate delegate.

Details of April 8, 2016 Multi-County (Congressional) Assemblies

In compliance with Article VII, Section B of the Bylaws of the Colorado Republican State Central Committee (CRC), notice is hereby given that the pre-assembly/pre-convention meeting of the Colorado Republican State Central Committee shall be held beginning at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016 in the Grand Ballroom at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel located at 1775 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd, Colorado Springs Colorado 80906.

...upon the conclusion of the State Central Committee Meeting, the following congressional district assemblies and multi-county district assemblies will convene at the following time and in the meeting room designated by the Chairman to designate Republican candidate(s) to the 2016 Republican Primary Election Ballot corresponding to such districts. A schedule with specific room assignments is attached and is available at www.cologop.org:
8:30 a.m. – CD5
9:00 a.m. – HD13
9:30 a.m. – HD61
10:00 a.m. – HD47, JD4
10:30 a.m. – CD2
11:00 a.m. – HD39
12:00 p.m. – HD26, JD14, JD9, JD12
12:30 p.m. – CD4
1:00 p.m. – HD57, JD11, JD5, HD623
2:00 p.m. – HD33, HD60, HD64, HD65
2:30 p.m. – CD3
3:00 p.m. – HD49, JD15, JD16, JD13
4:00 p.m. – SD8, SD35, SD23

Colorado Republican Delegates and Alternates
The congressional assemblies and state convention produced these results:

Congressional District 6 Delegates & Alternates:


John Carson – Ted Cruz
Randy Corporon – Ted Cruz
Regina Thomson – Ted Cruz


Joy Hoffman – Unpledged
Andy Jones – Ted Cruz
Brian Arnold – Unpledged

Congressional District 1 Delegates & Alternates:


Rep. Justin Everett – Ted Cruz
Tony Sanchez – Ted Cruz
Scott Gessler – Ted Cruz


Carolyn Olson – Unpledged
Bill Eigles – Ted Cruz
Ray Garcia – Unpledged

Congressional District 7 Delegates & Alternates:


Anil Mathai – Unpledged
George Athanasopoulos – Unpledged
Libby Szabo – Ted Cruz


Daniel Green – Ted Cruz
Donald Ytterberg – Unpledged
Carter Mateer – Ted Cruz

Congressional District 5 Delegates & Alternates:


Joel Crank – Ted Cruz
Robin Gale Coran – Ted Cruz
Donald Olmstead – Ted Cruz


Kent Lambert – Ted Cruz
Randy Licht – Ted Cruz
Kay Rendleman – Ted Cruz

Congressional District 2 Delegates & Alternates:


Robert Woodward – Ted Cruz
Michael McAlpine – Unpledged
Marty Neilson – Unpledged


John S. Bliss – Ted Cruz
Rick Fernandez – Unpledged
John Edward Toomey III – Ted Cruz

Congressional District 4 Delegates & Alternates:


Perry Buck – Ted Cruz
Guy Short – Ted Cruz
Kendal Unruh – Ted Cruz


Reese Shay – Unpledged
Kurt Schlegel – Donald Trump
Richard McCaskill – Donald Trump

Congressional District 3 Delegates & Alternates:


Melanie Sturm – Ted Cruz
Anita M. Stapleton – Ted Cruz
Steven Hofman – Ted Cruz


Brita Horn – Ted Cruz
Bradley Barker – Ted Cruz
Laureen Adele Gutierrez – Ted Cruz

Statewide National Delegates:
Ken Buck – Ted Cruz
Patrick Neville – Ted Cruz
Sue Sharkey – Ted Cruz
Ted Harvey – Ted Cruz
Kim Ransom – Ted Cruz
Kevin Grantham – Ted Cruz
George Teal – Ted Cruz
Lori Saine – Ted Cruz
Wayne W. Williams – Ted Cruz
Dudley Brown – Ted Cruz
Jim Gilbreath – Ted Cruz
Kristi Brown Burton – Ted Cruz
Stephen Humphrey – Ted Cruz