Pam Anderson, a former Jefferson County writer, will win the Republican nomination for Colorado Secretary of State, CNN Enterprises.
She had received endorsements from current and former elected officials, including three former ministers of state. Anderson will now face incumbent Democrat Gina Griswold, who faced no opposition in her primary.
Anderson defeated Mike O’Donnell, a nonprofit leader, and Tina Peters, a Mesa County clerk, who was indicted on multiple felony and misdemeanor counts of investigating an election security breach.
The race focused on former President Donald Trump’s lies about widespread election fraud. Colorado is a state via email. Anderson advocated for the state process, serving as a competent technocrat who could manage the process.
Peters, a Mesa County clerk, has been parroting Trump’s lies while becoming the most prominent election denier in Colorado. She faces criminal charges for her efforts to justify lies about voting machines. She was seeking to become the latest in a series of election deniers nominated by Republicans for roles that, if won in the fall, would position them to take over their states’ election machinery in time for the 2024 presidential race.
Peters and her top deputy were indicted in March after an investigation by local authorities into a security breach that led to a secret login of voting machines and forensic images of their hard drives, which were posted to QAnon’s Telegram channel in early August 2021. In May, After a lawsuit brought by Griswold, a local judge stripped Peters of her duties to oversee this year’s elections in Mesa County. She is not guilty.