After eight years of mounting tensions between Colorado Republicans’ suburban old guard and stubborn MAGA die-hards, conflict within the state party has reached a boiling point. The bitter ideological feud is now spilling out into the open, with four epic June 25 congressional primaries poised to determine which side claims the upper hand.

Looming over all of this cycle’s drama is one man: first-term Colorado GOP chair and right-wing former state Rep. Dave Williams. To passionate supporters of former President Donald Trump, Williams is a messiah rescuing the party after years of driftless losses and “liberal lite” policies. To the business community around Denver and Colorado Springs, he epitomizes the rightward lurch that has transformed the state party from a political powerhouse to a national laughingstock.

Williams himself is on the ballot this cycle in the open Colorado Springs 5th District, and his many Republican enemies are champing at the bit to knock him out of the arena for good. The other three GOP primary showdowns — in the 3rd, 4th and 8th districts — have turned into proxy wars

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