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Both parties say presidential primary returning to Colorado

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers are following up on promises to change the state’s system of choosing presidential candidates to a primary election, instead of caucuses.

They’re set to announce the plan Thursday afternoon.

The primary proposal comes after party faithful in both camps complained about the current system of thousands of precinct meetings to start choosing presidential candidates.

Democratic caucuses across the state were filled to capacity on March 1, with some leaving rather than wait in long lines.

Republicans complained that the precinct caucuses didn’t include a presidential straw poll at all. GOP frontrunner Donald Trump called Colorado’s confusing system “rigged.”

Legislative analysts say it costs several million to run a presidential primary. That’s because the parties pay for caucuses, but taxpayers foot the bill for a statewide election.