105 Votes Separate Hudak, Sias in SD-19

UPDATE: With more ballots counted, incumbent Sen. Evie Hudak’s margin has grown to 332 votes.


We’re not waiting on the outcome of any races to determine control of either chamber of the Colorado General Assembly this morning (lest any bad memories of 2010 and Robert Ramirez’s agonizing 198-vote win resurface). But as of this writing, a mere 105 votes separate the two candidates for Colorado Senate District 19, the always-close battle between incumbent Evie Hudak and GOP challenger Lang Sias:

Evie Hudak (D) 46.89% 31,669 votes

Lang Sias (R) 46.74% 31,564 votes

Lloyd Sweeny (L) 6.37% 4,303 votes

This one looks headed for recount and ballot-cure glory, folks.

17 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Dan WillisDan Willis says:

    Any sense on how many provisional ballots were cast in that district?

    Have Jeffoc Republicans run Lloyd Sweeny out of town yet?

  2. MADCO says:

    I think when no candidate gets 50% + 1, they have to have a run off. And this year it’s a cage math- 3 go in, only one comes out.


  3. BlueCat says:

    was my own SD26 Linda Newell winning.  The money advantage to Kerber seemed so huge by the number of mailings we were getting. My better half is registered U and for every  pro Newell we were getting at least five or six really nasty, awful anti-Newells. Towars the end more than that. Besides, it’s a traditionally R seat that she only won by a handful of votes because of an unlikely set of circumstances in the first place. I was sure she was going to lose. I didn’t think it would even be close.  

    Could it be that Kerber’e attack material was so disgusting it turned people off?  Would he have won easily if most of that money had instead been spent on positive pro-Kerber material instead of on the most awful attack campaign I’ve ever seen in an SD race?  

    In any case, congrats Linda.  It’s almost unbelievable!      

    • Middle of the Road says:

      Just saw Tester has been declared the winner in Montana and that one really means the world to me. I can’t believe how well we did in the Senate. I’m actually in shock–happy, happy shock. And some of the state House races??? Holy crap, we picked off some biggies. And Dianne Primavera won her seat back!

      What a great night.  

      • BlueCat says:

        for buying into just enough rightie propaganda to have been so-o-o-o worried. All that stress and all I had to do was believe the damn polls, the damn facts, Intrade, Silver, etc. and stop letting the crazoids undermine my confidence. I could only be cautiously optimistic no matter how strong the evidence was. I was afraid to tune into the election coverage for fear of being devastated and it wasn’t even close. I’m thrilled but kind of feel like an idiot.

  4. rathmone says:

    still within the recount margin…barely.


  5. JeffcoDemoJeffcoDemo says:

    John Odom 131,940

    Casey Tighe 131, 807

    JeffCo hasn’t had an elected dem in ANY seat at the county level since Hartman snuck in for one term in 6 years ago amidst the payola scandal on the commission.

    With the President, Perlmutter, Kerr, Tyler, Schafer, Kraft-Tharp, Pettersen, Ludwig and Griego, it was great night to be in Jefferson County, the so called swing county of the country.

  6. ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

    Senator Hudak and her team worked incredibly hard to fend off an expensive smear campaign that started targeting the Senator before she even had an opponent. If and when Evie is declared the winner (presumably following a recount) it will be proof that the willingness to engage one-on-one with your constituents trumps the willingness to spend millions on late night television attack ads.

    My sister called me yesterday to say, “I voted for Evie Hudak and Ed Perlmutter for you.” She refused to vote for a major-party Presidential candidate (and didn’t disclose if she left that one blank or went third-party) and skipped most of the other races. But because she knew I’d worked for Ed and Evie, she went ahead and gave them her vote despite her frustration with the major parties.

    I replied, “Thanks from me and from both of them, but especially from Evie, that race is going to be tight and she needs every vote.” Had no idea I was quite THIS right!

    I sat next to the Senator the weekend before the election as she personally called still-undecided voters to ask for their vote. She is tireless, dedicated, and unafraid to take more heat than just about anyone else in the state had to deal with (except maybe Newell). She deserves another term, and I’m excited to see what she can do for education working with a house majority.

  7. GiveEmHellHarry says:

    The results in Jeffco never change by more than a vote or two.  Evie Hudak is on to her second term

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