Despite the fact that Rep. Doug Lamborn has served his district for the last six terms, the Republican lawmaker will not appear on the ballot in June’s GOP primary for the 5th congressional district.
The Colorado Supreme Court today ruled that because Lamborn’s campaign hired a circulator to collect petitions who did not meet the state’s residency requirements, the signatures collected were rendered “invalid and may not be considered.” In other words, Lamborn did not fulfill the 1,000-signature requirement to appear on the ballot.
In an interview with the Denver Post, Lamborn said only that he was “still digesting the opinion” before hanging up.
The only other option available to Lamborn to qualify for the ballot is to win 30 percent of the delegates at the state party convention. However, the convention already passed and Lamborn, having thought that his petitions would be valid, failed to compete there.
While Colorado’s 5th Congressional District did back Trump 57 to 33, that is certainly within the margin that Democrats have overcome to flip a seat in what has amounted to a massive Democratic wave in special elections—with swings as high as 20, 30, or even 56 points.
It seems that Republicans can’t catch a break. Then again, Lamborn might have just saved himself from being the latest in a long line of humiliating upsets for the Republican Party come November.