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TRAIL MIX | A feast of firsts for Colorado on Election Day

Author: Ernest Luning - November 9, 2018 - Updated: November 9, 2018

When Jared Polis won election on Tuesday, he became the state’s first Jewish governor-elect and the first openly gay candidate to be elected governor anywhere in the country — among a plethora historic firsts notched by state voters.

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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.