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Colorado Newsline: Democratic state Rep. Tim Hernández loses to business-backed primary challenger

Rep. Tim Hernández lost to challenger Cecelia Espenoza in the race for the Democratic nomination in Colorado’s House District 4, which covers northwest Denver.

Espenoza led with nearly 54% of the vote as of 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to results from the secretary of state’s office, and Associated Press-subscribed outlets reported the AP called the race for Espenoza.

Espenoza is a former appellate judge. She was endorsed by Senate President Steve Fenberg and Sen. Dafna Michaelson Jenet and by organizations including the Colorado Medical Society and the Colorado Chamber of Commerce.

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