Colorado Election Results Open Thread

UPDATE (11:25): The big Denver paper and many of the other big TV stations have some major problems with their reporting. The Denver Post, for example, had Buck ahead of Bennet 48-46, on the strength of a 52-45 advantage in Boulder. A quick check of the Boulder Clerk and Recorder’s website has Bennet leading Buck 67-29. There are a lot of somebodies who should have caught this immediately — there’s no way Boulder County would go solid red for any Republican.

We recommend sticking with the results from Fox 31, which not only has a page that seems to actually load correctly, but isn’t making any obvious errors that we can see.

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UPDATE (11:16): It looks like we may be headed for at least one state legislative recount. In HD-29, Democratic Rep. Debbie Benefield trails Republican Robert Ramirez by 148 votes (50.34% to 49.66%).

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UPDATE (11:12): That didn’t last long. With 56% of ballots counted, Bennet and Buck are now tied at 47-47.

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UPDATE (11:00): Buck has pulled ahead of Bennet for the first time tonight, leading 49-46 with 49% of precincts reporting.

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UPDATE (9:50): It’s looking like the race that will have the biggest impact from an ACP candidate will not be the one anybody expected. The Secretary of State race is neck-and-neck, but the ACP candidate is already pulling 6% of the vote. Buescher may well win this seat by virtue of the American Constitution Party.

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UPDATE (9:44): The percentage of precincts reporting continues to rise, and Michael Bennet continues to hold a 50-45 lead over Ken Buck. This is not good news for Buck, because early returns should have favored him (Republicans voted in higher numbers than Democrats in early and absentee voting). Given Buck’s numerous gaffes in the last two weeks of the campaign, it’s not likely that late voters are going to choose him over Bennet, so it’s hard to see how Buck is going to make up 5 points with 27% of the vote already tallied.

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UPDATE (9:08): It’s always fun to see those really early returns that show absurd numbers. In HD-22, Democrat Christine Radeff is pummeling Republican incumbent Ken Summers 7,875 to 12. Yes, 12. For a few more minutes, anyway.

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UPDATE (9:05): Republican Cory Gardner is being declared the winner in CD-4.

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UPDATE (9:03): The Secretary of State race is coming down to the wire, and may be decided by the number of votes pulled in by the American Constitution Party candidate. Meanwhile, the race for Attorney General seems to be widening in favor of incumbent John Suthers.

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UPDATE (9:00): Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter has been declared the winner in CD-7.

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UPDATE (8:38): The old adage that Jefferson County decides statewide elections is largely holding form. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, unofficially, are doing better in Jefferson County, as is John Suthers. Cary Kennedy and Walker Stapleton are neck-and-neck in Jeffco, while Scott Gessler leads Bernie Buescher in the large west Denver suburb.

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UPDATE (8:35): Ladies and gentlemen, your next Governor…John Hickenlooper! The race has been called for Hick. Now the excitement turns to whether or not Dan Maes can cross the 10% threshold. From a Hickenlooper press release:

Colorado voters on Tuesday elected John Hickenlooper, a brewpub pioneer turned Mayor of Denver, as the 42nd Governor of Colorado.

“I am humbled and honored by the decision Colorado’s voters have made, and I accept the challenge you have entrusted to me to lead our state as Governor,” Hickenlooper said. “This is not the end of our journey. This is the beginning. And it starts with bringing people together.”

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UPDATE (8:20): Here’s a couple of developing stories to watch. All of this can change, of course, but as of right now…

  • Bennet maintaining early lead on Buck

  • Hickenlooper holding early lead for Governor

  • Tipton well ahead of Salazar in CD-3

  • Kennedy surprisingly strong in Treasurer race

  • Buescher may be saved by ACP candidate for SOS

  • Third party turnout not yet playing role in CD-4

  • Attorney General race staying close

  • Every major ballot measure getting crushed

  • Both Rep. Diana DeGette (CD1) and Jared Polis (CD2) have been declared winners already
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    We’ll update results as we can. In the meantime, please keep them updated, with links, in the comments below.

    *NOTE: Candidates in bold and italics have been declared the winner by at least one local news outlet.

    U.S. SENATE

    Michael Bennet (D): 47%

    Ken Buck (R): 47%

    56% reporting

    GOVERNOR

    John Hickenlooper (D): 51%

    Tom Tancredo (ACP): 37%

    Dan Maes (R): 11%

    48% reporting

    STATE TREASURER

    Cary Kennedy (D): 51%

    Walker Stapleton (R): 49%

    44% reporting

    ATTORNEY GENERAL

    John Suthers (R): 57%

    Stan Garnett (D): 43%

    44% reporting

    SECRETARY OF STATE

    Bernie Buescher (D): 44%

    Scott Gessler (R): 50%

    Amanda Campbell (ACP): 6%

    44% reporting

    CD-3

    John Salazar (D): 45%

    Scott Tipton (R): 50%

    63% reporting

    CD-4

    Betsy Markey (D): 41%

    Cory Gardner (R): 53%

    Doug Aden (ACP): 5%

    Ken “Wasko” (I): 1%

    69% reporting

    CD-7

    Ed Perlmutter (D): 53%

    Ryan Frazier (R): 42%

    16% reporting

    Salazar pushes tax cut extension for wealthy

    John Salazar has signed on to a letter to Pelosi and Hoyer pushing for a one year extension of all tax cuts, including those with income over $250,000.

    The letter-written by Utah Rep. Jim Matheson, Illinois Rep. Melissa Bean, Virginia Rep. Glenn Nye and Michigan Rep. Gary Peters-states that after listening to economists, small businesses and families over recent weeks they are concerned that “raising any taxes right now could negatively impact economic growth.”

    The CNN article More Democrats break with Obama on tax cuts does not list the individual representatives but online a found a list that included Salazar.  Markey is not on the list that I’ve seen but an additional 7 Dems have apparently signed on.

    I called Salazar to let him know that I consider the deficit important, too.  If he wants to push tax cuts, he needs to offset the costs.  I am frustrated when the PAYGO rules are called on for everything but tax cuts.  If we want to keep from expanding the deficit, we need to offset.  My preference would be to see a reduced tax cut package or none at all.  What we need most right now is clarity on what will be the tax situation.  What Rep. Salazar seemingly doesn’t understand is that a clear decision is better for the economy than the indefinite wrangling that the Blue Dogs love to pursue.

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    John Salazar Gets NRA Endorsement

    Yes, he’s a Democrat. Yes, he’s an incumbent. But we’ve always believed that Rep. John Salazar would be fine in November, and today’s news that he has received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA) is a good example of that.

    Salazar has routinely won re-election in CD-3 in large part because voters don’t look at him like a Democrat. The NRA’s endorsement only helps that perception, and makes it much harder for Republican Scott Tipton to paint Salazar as just another liberal politician puppet of Nancy Pelosi, blah, blah, blah.

    Fat Lady Warming Up in CD-3

    The campaign of Republican Scott Tipton in CD-3 has never really been able to get off the ground, and if the Q2 fundraising reports are any indication, Tipton’s efforts at unseating Rep. John Salazar are basically done.

    Tipton raised just $109,341 in Q2, for a total cash on hand amount of $204,993. Salazar, meanwhile, raised more in Q2 than Tipton has in the bank period, bringing home $226,633 for a total cash on hand amount of $1,255,711.

    In Grand Junction, Old News is New News if the NRCC Says So

    The Grand Junction Sentinel‘s resident right-wing “reporter” Gary Harmon dutifully reports Rep. John Salazar’s denunciation of Howard Dean’s months-old website listing Salazar as a supporter of the public option:

    A Web site operated by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean claims U.S. Rep.John Salazar, D-Colo., as a supporter of the public option for health care.

    Republicans pounced on the characterization, and a Salazar spokesman sharply renounced it.

    “Republicans Pounced?” Not so much.

    The appearance of Salazar’s name on Dean’s list was enough to spark the National Republican Central Committee[sic] to fire off a news release declaring that Salazar “has finally fallen into line behind his radical party leaders with support for their government healthcare takeover.”

    Google tells me the Stand with Dr. Dean website has been listing John Salazar since at least July 10 as a public option supporter.

    If the National Republican Congressional Committee “fir[ed] off a press release,” did it do so in July (or before) when it was actually news? Or did the NRCC just omit the part about failing to notice the listing for at least three months?

    And did the NRCC press release state that Rep Salazar “signed” anything as the response from Salazar spokesman Eric Wortman seems to indicate? I can’t tell, because the NRCC hasn’t posted the release on the press release section of its website. If the NRCC did make that allegation, it shows the extent to which Gary Harmon is willing to check the facts before doing a story about a partisan press release about a three month old non-story.

    In addition to your emails, Democracy for America members and our partners have made calls to Congress and reported back the results to Stand With Dr. Dean. We have compiled the reports from those calls and combed through public statements of every member of Congress. Based on a complete review of your reports and our research, the grid below lists every member of Congress and their basic position on the inclusion of a public healthcare option

    This statement is at the top of every single congressional listing page. There is no indication that they ever had a single member of Congress sign anything. It’s a crowd-sourcing exercise–zillions of people call, fax, and write, and the responses are aggregated, weighted, and posted.

    Which raises a question for Rep. Salazar: Why not just be forthcoming? At this point we’re not months out with no idea of what a public option might look like. Why not be like your Senators, your Governor, and your six House colleagues and state your position absolutely so that we don’t have to take the mathematical averages of your various official and public statements, combined with the sources and amounts of political contributions to divine your position?

    And why defend yourself to the National Republican Corruption Caucus? You know that the odds are better than 50/50 that whatever they are saying is fraudulent.

    Salazar Responds to Ad Against Climate Change Vote

    As The Colorado Independent reports:

    U.S. Rep. John Salazar Friday responded to a League of Conservation Voters TV ad campaign blasting him for voting no on the Waxman-Markey climate change bill by defending his record on green jobs creation and criticizing the bill for its potential economic impacts for Colorado families.

    “I have a strong track record of creating green jobs and investing in renewable energy both in Colorado and across the nation. I am very proud of that record,” Salazar said in an e-mail response to the Colorado Independent. “While I strongly agree the issue of climate change must be addressed, this specific bill would have placed a disproportionate financial impact on individual households in Colorado’s Third Congressional District and, for that reason, I could not support it.”

    Salazar, a blue-dog Democrat from the largely rural and agrarian Western Slope, is the brother of Interior Secretary and former U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar. He has taken a pounding from green groups for being the only Democratic member of the Colorado delegation to vote against the bill, which passed by a scant 7-vote margin of 219-212 in June. The Senate will take it up after the August recess.

    The ad challenging Salazar’s vote began running last week, and is a good example of how progressive groups are becoming less afraid of going after Democrats who have been not-so-supportive of certain progressive ideals.

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