Republicans Concede Colorado House, Still Awaiting Senate


The Denver Post's John Aguilar reports:

Republican officials conceded Friday morning that they won't be able to gain enough seats to take majority control of the Colorado House.

They have scheduled elections to choose minority leadership positions at 1 p.m. Friday.

House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, said he was gratified the party picked up at least three seats after being down 37-28 in the last legislative session…

GOP House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso's statement reads less like a concession and more like the next talk-radio conspiracy theory:

“This election we had an uphill battle. Democrats gerrymandered the house district maps, rammed through their highly-partisan election laws, and out spent us 3-1. The fact that we picked up at least three seats and came less than 500 votes from gaining control of the House is a great success.

“In this election, almost 190,000 more Coloradans chose to vote for a House Republican instead of a House Democrat. That difference is more than three times the margin of victory in Colorado’s gubernatorial race, but shockingly still not enough to secure the House majority.”

Apparently Rep. DelGrosso didn't get the memo that Colorado's "highly partisan election law" didn't hurt Republicans in the least–but again, talking points are almost always a few months behind events. And before anyone gets carried away with this latest bit of "treacherous Democrat gerrymandering" apocrypha, understand that there were a significant number of uncontested races this year that shrink the number of Republican votes actually cast against Democrats to a much smaller figure.

Since the mail ballot fraud conspiracy doesn't appear to have lived up to billing, it's good to see that gerrymandering is there as a fallback for Peter Boyles listener community!

In other news, counting continues at a snail's pace in Adams County, where the unexpectedly pivotal SD-24 race remains undecided–and with it, whether Democrats will have undivided control of the Colorado General Assembly. We'll update as further results come in today–the latest word is that Judy Solano is still closing on Republican Beth Humenik with about 6,500 ballots left to count. Depending on how close the final count there is, the allowed time for problem ballots to be "cured," and potentially a recount, may apply.

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  1. bullshit! says:

    Yo MINORITY LEADER Delgrosso! I got yer wave right here!

  2. Craig says:

    Solano down 803, and not dropping very fast.

    May down 229

  3. BlueCat says:

    So not entirely happy talk, AC. We've got the Governor's seat and the House majority. May or may not kep the Senate but no chance for total R control as in neighbor Kansas which, not coincidentally, is no longer circling the drain so much as already down in the sewer. 

    An especially sweet touch is that those two Senate seats the gun nuts bought in nationally supported recalls went right back to Dems. Hardly had a chance to enjoy them, did you? So, once again, Colorado Rs underperformed compared to their compatriots in other state and Dems here still don't have to live in a Republican controlled state. Being pleased with that is hardly delusional happy talk. The Udall by a landslide stuff? That was delusional.wink

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      Regaining the two Senate seats lost in the recall is huge in terms of not allowing the NRA to decide which leaders are acceptable to their fringe minority.  Hope these newly elected senators have the same commitment to doing something like Morse did.  Big shoes to fill.

  4. MADCO says:

    Liberal media!

    Gerry Mander!

    Stupid mail in ballots!

    Governor Gessler will get to the bottom of this!


  5. FrankUnderwood says:

    Yes, I thought this was supposed to be some massive repudiation (or in Sarah Palin-speak, Refudiation) of Democrats starting with Udall and cleaning out every other office-holder or office-seeker underneath.  

    Well Udall lost, but the three Dem U.S. Reps were re-elected (Polis, apparently by a better margin this time than in '12….go figure, especially given the odious opponent he had in '12), the Governor got re-elected (although it was closer than it should have been given what a seriously flawed opponent Hick faced), the three under-ticket offices were Republican going into last Tuesday and came out Republican on Wednesday morning, the state House stayed Democratic and the state Senate went from 18-17 Dems over Repubs to 18-17 Repubs over Dems.

    That was hell of a wave.  BTW, del Grosso's whining about Repubs carrying the popular vote but Dems holding more House seats rings hollow.  Reminds me of what happened to the U.S. House in 2012 when Dems carried the popular vote nationwide but Repubs got more seats.

    Deal with it.



  6. Andrew Carnegie says:

    Time for Dems to show some class and likewise concede the Senate.  Who do they think they are kidding?

    The reality is Dems lost seats in the State House and Senate.

    More State House votes were for Republicans.

    The reason the State House remained in Dems hands is Gerrymandering, not the will of the people, so next time Dems say they want all votes to count, spare me the hypocrisy.

    • denverco says:

      You mean the same hypocrisy that you spout with the US house achole? Gerrymandering has kept the house in gop hands – not votes. Maybe you should take your own advice and just one time show some class. Let all the votes be counted in that Senate seat. Even in another republican wave year, Colorado was not an easy target for the gop. Udall didn't lose big as you predicted. Democrats also regained the two house seats that were lost in the recall – you hypocritic jackass.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      This is really insane excuse making even for you Andrew.  A judge decided the final political boundaries not Democrats.  Republicans had chances to cooperate and come up with a compromise map but refused to engage in good faith and got burned for their intransigence.

      Is is a deep psychological defect with Republicans that when they win they claim that is is a Divine MANDATE from Heaven to rule unopposed but if they lose, they claim that it is an illegitimate result and the result of cheating.

      I wish we had better Partners in Democracy who are adult enough to accept the changes of fortune as a part of life.

  7. bullshit! says:

    Congrats again to Mark Ferrandino and the Dem House campaign team. Battle tested and victorious.

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