Who's who: Dan Maes won the Republican primary and immediately called on Tom Tancredo to drop out, but the former Republican congressman refused and ran on a Tea Party platform. The two men faced off against Democrat John Hickenlooper in the Colorado gubernatorial race.
Who won: John Hickenlooper is the winner of the race for the Governor of Colorado.
What it means for us: This former mayor championed homeless services, marijuana legalization and sustainable development practice while running the city of Denver, CO. He believes deeply in investing in the public school system through initiatives on accountability, standards and assessments and effective governance. Hickenlooper's economic policies revolve around job creation and recovery. Of immigration, the former mayor said, "We need a nonpartisan approach to solve this problem for the entire country and enforceable reform that doesn't abridge the basic freedom of our citizens."