Colorado Sen. Kevin Priola, a Henderson Republican, announced Monday morning that he is changing his party affiliation to Democrat.
Priola, considered a more moderate Republican in the statehouse, said he believed the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol would make the Republican Party distance itself from Donald Trump and “the political environment he created.” But it did not, and he said he could not support a party that was OK with “a violent attempt to overturn a free and fair election and continues to peddle claims that the 2020 election was stolen.”
The shift makes a difference for state Republicans who needed three seats to win the majority in the Colorado Senate — now they need four, making it a much heavier lift in the November election.
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