Schafer Beats Ruchman in HD-24…So Far

For those of you unawares, there is still one unresolved primary race in Colorado. In HD-24 (Wheat Ridge), two Democrats were running for the seat vacated by the term-limited Cheri Jahn. Vote counts on Primary Night had Sue Schafer ahead of Dave Ruchman by less than 20 votes, prompting a delay while Jefferson County went through Provisional ballots.

Now that all ballots appear to have been counted, Schafer has defeated Ruchman by 29 votes. You read that right — 29 votes!

The margin of victory does not trigger an automatic recount, but our understanding is that Ruchman could request a recount because the race is so close. Stay tuned to this one, because heavy Dem registration numbers mean the Republican challenger is irrelevant; the next state Rep. from HD-24 will come from the winner of Schafer/Ruchman.

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  1. redstateblues says:

    That’s 29 doors Ruchman could have knocked on that could have made the difference. I love state politics because of that fact.

    • Jambalaya says:

      …would’ve garnered votes?  Politicians at my door equals negative votes.

      Maybe Ruchman should’ve knocked on 30 fewer doors….she may have won

      • Mr. Toodles says:

        Why would you vote against a politician that shows up at your door? Do you feel the same about field people working on issue campaigns?

      • redstateblues says:

        All I can say is thank god you don’t represent the overwhelming majority of voters.

        • Jambalaya says:

          …I assume she couldn’t care less about the issue.  And I haven’t see the latest polling about whether people enjoy politicians bothering them at home?  What are those numbers again?

          • redstateblues says:

            I think they like it a lot more than stupid, repetitive TV ads. I heard lots of people whine about Jared Polis’ face being on TV all the time, and heard nothing but good things about him meeting people and developing personal relationships with them. And lo and behold he won.

            Find me some case where a candidate who went door-to-door lost the election because people were so annoyed that the candidate came to them.

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