Brad Belford, a Westminster resident and registered Republican, said he voted Democrat down the line — besides for Secretary of State candidate Pam Anderson.
Belford said he thinks the Republican party is out of touch with conservatives and wishes he saw more independent candidates on the ballot.
One issue he pointed to was abortion. He said if Republicans are against social welfare programs, then their stance on abortion should be pro-choice.
“I don't think the current agenda really addresses the main conservative tenants that I personally believe in,” he said.
As well, he thinks opposing renewable energy is anti-capitalism.
“I think if we're being realistic with ourselves in terms of what's important to a conservative argument, we would be sort of pro-private capital markets and a big tenet of capitalism is competition,” he said. “I think we should be welcoming competition from other renewable energy sources so that we can start to diversify our energy supply.”
Concerns about election fraud also influenced him to go Democrat. He said he saw many candidates questioning the results of general elections without providing evidence.
For Congressional District 8, he was disappointed in both candidates but ultimately voted for Yadira Caraveo, a Democrat.
Sam and Sandy Pratt, Northglenn residents, identified themselves as “staunch Republicans” and voted "right" up and down the ballot. Both voted for Republican Barabara Kirkmeyer in the CD8 race based on her values, such as being pro-choice and lowering taxes.
They also voted no on allowing more liquor licenses for stores.
“I don’t even like going to the grocery store seeing all the beer,” Sandy Pratt said. “We love Jesus.”
Kevin Headrick, an unaffiliated voter from Westminster, voted Republican this time around for more balance of power. Inflation and the economy proved to be the main reasons for his vote.
He voted against the liquor store licensing expansion.
“We have a friend who owns a liquor store and it would impact him,” he said.