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With Election Day looming, the Sierra Club is pumping money and effort into the Colorado governor’s and state Senate races, hoping to tip the statehouse balance of power to the left.

The environmental group’s political arm said Tuesday it’s dropping a “major six-figure general election campaign” including mailers, digital ads, phone banks and canvassing for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis.

The San Francisco-based club also said it would put $65,000 behind state Rep. Faith Winter’s bid to unseat Republican Sen. Beth Martinez-Humenik in Senate District 24.

The GOP has only a one-seat majority in the 35-member Senate, while Democrats have a 36-29 majority in the House.

The Sierra Club said it trusts Winter and other Democrats to “act now on climate so that Colorado’s future won’t melt away.”

“Faith has been a bold, thoughtful leader for protecting Colorado’s environment and creating jobs her entire career,” said Jim Alexee, director of the Colorado Sierra Club, in a statement.

The organization’s small donor committee already has put $4,850 behind Democratic state Rep. Jessie Danielson’s run for the open Senate District 20 seat against GOP newcomer Christine Jensen. That race, too, is seen as a pivotal seat to flip or preserve the upper chamber’s majority.

The Sierra Club also will spend money for Polis, citing his goal to move the state toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, as well as his work in Congress on conservation and green energy.

His Republican opponent, Walker Stapleton, is aligned with President Trump, the Sierra Club stated.

“Polis will be a governor who stands with the people of Colorado and their public lands, while Walker Stapleton would stand with the polluters and their allies by putting our public lands at risk,” Alexee said.

Colorado Politics senior political reporter

Joey Bunch is the senior correspondent and deputy managing editor of Colorado Politics. His 32-year career includes the last 16 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and he is a two-time finalist.

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