One thing is clear after last night’s caucuses: Neither grassroots Democrats nor grassroots Republicans are entirely satisfied with the frontrunners anointed by their party’s elite, seeing them as Washington insiders.

Though underdogs like former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff have a lot to be encouraged about, the caucuses are only the first step toward party nominations, which are determined by the primaries on August 10 (via The Associated Press). In some places last night, voting lines were long, while elsewhere they were sparse.

And although some results have yet to be reported, it appears Romanoff (right), the insurgent Democrat seeking to oust U.S. Senator Michael Bennet in the Democratic race, can claim victory.

Meanwhile, a similar underdog upset is taking place on the GOP side, as Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck appears to have finished in a dead-heat with opponent Jane Norton, the former Colorado lieutenant governor who has reaped many key endorsements (via The Denver Post). Conservative activists “played a significant role,” Buck (left) claims.

As for Romanoff’s apparent victory, the results are mixed. Bennet bested him in both Larimer and Boulder counties, reports the Fort Collins Coloradoan and the Daily Camera.

In another hotly contested race—the Republican battle for governor—former Congressman Scott McInnis outflanked businessman Dan Maes. To find results for Democrats, visit The Republican Party’s homepage is