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Jared Polis projected to win Democratic gubernatorial primary race

9NEWS calls the Democratic gubernatorial race for current U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who beats out Cary Kennedy, Mike Johnston and current Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne.

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis will face current State Treasurer Walker Stapleton in Colorado's governor race after beating his competition on primary night.

9NEWS political analyst Floyd Ciruli called the race around 40 minutes after polls closed Tuesday evening.

He beats out former State Treasurer from his own party - Cary Kennedy, as well as former State Senator Mike Johnston and current Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne.

In a poll earlier this month, Polis held a lead over Kennedy atop the four-way Democratic primary to be Colorado’s next governor.

Colorado's current governor, John Hickenlooper, held the position since 2011 and will term out this coming January. He's planning to decide on whether or not to make a presidential run in 2020.

Hickenlooper was tight-lipped about what candidate he supported despite the fact that Donna Lynne was his lieutenant governor.

For the first time in the state's history, unaffiliated voters were allowed to participate in the primaries. Registered voters could choose to pick only one primary ballot, however, Democratic or Republican.