Nov. 7, 2018: Jared Polis, Democrat, was elected as the Governor of Colorado in a statewide race held yesterday, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Polis defeated Walker Stapleton, Republican, the state’s Treasurer. As of 7:50 p.m., with 1.35 million votes counted out of some 2.2 million cast, Polis had captured 52 percent of the vote to Stapleton's 45 percent. KUSA-9 News called the race at about 7:45 p.m. Polis succeeds term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper, Democrat. Polis is a businessman who has sold three companies for a combined total in the hundreds of millions of dollars.