LIVE UPDATES: Election Day in Summit County
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11 p.m. – Democrat Jena Griswold has defeated Republican incumbent Wayne Williams in Colorado’s secretary of state race.
Griswold is a voting rights attorney and first-time candidate. Williams was seeking a second term in Tuesday’s election.
Griswold criticized Williams for giving a short-lived presidential commission on voter fraud access to Colorado’s voter database. Williams said anyone could have the data because it’s public record.
Williams’ office was lauded for enacting one of the nation’s strictest election security protocols and making Colorado elections and campaign information accessible to the public.
The office also oversees business and charity registrations and licensing, among other matters.
10:30 p.m. — After a particularly contentious election season, marred by personal attacks and rumors, an end has finally arrived in Summit County’s fiercest and most heated election for the office of Summit County Sheriff. While the results aren’t yet official, it appears as it incumbent Jaime FitzSimons, a Democrat, will retain his seat as Sheriff over challenger Derek Woodman, a Republican.
As of about 10:25 p.m., just before the Summit Daily’s print deadline, FitzSimons is currently carrying the vote by a margin of almost 2,500 votes with more than 14,000 ballots already cast. While Woodman has yet to concede the race, FitzSimons is now the heavy favorite to win the election based on early voting numbers.
10 p.m. – Summit County ballot initiative 1A passed, tacking a mill levy on Summit County property owners that will raise $8.8 million per year for the next ten years for early childhood care, behavioral health programs, fire mitigation, recycling and public infrastructure.
Though the initiative was attacked for bundling five disparate issues on to one ballot question, it still won handily with nearly 60 percent of the vote with 11,251 votes counted as 10 p.m.
9:48 p.m. – Western Colorado voters approved Colorado Mountain College’s bid to adjust property tax rates during lean budget years in a ballot initiative Tuesday.
Early results for the college’s district – which includes Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, Lake, Routt and Summit counties – showed the measure winning with more than 70 percent support.
Ballot Question 7D was not a property tax, but a way for the college to make up for budget shortfalls caused when the state reduces property tax assessment rates. The CMC board of directors had asked for the ability to change the mill levy rates in order to restore tax revenue that may be lost when the assessment rate changes in the future.
8:50 p.m. – Democrat Joe Neguse has won the Colorado congressional seat being vacated by Democrat Jared Polis as he runs for governor.
Neguse on Tuesday defeated Republican Peter Yu in the 2nd Congressional District that includes Boulder, Fort Collins and parts of north-central Colorado.
Neguse becomes Colorado’s first African-American member of Congress. He is the son of immigrants from the African country of Eritrea.
Neguse is an attorney, co-founder of a voter registration group and a former regent of the University of Colorado.
Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton has been re-elected to Congress.
Tipton defeated Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush on Tuesday to win his fifth term.
Tipton has previously survived Democratic challenges in a district that used to vote Democratic but is increasingly Republican.
The 3rd Congressional District extends from Pueblo to the western slope.
Bush argued that Tipton was influenced to energy interests. Tipton argued that Mitsch Bush would kill rural jobs with her environmental proposals, and he tied her to national Democrats.
– Associated Press
8:45 p.m. – Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has defeated Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton in the Colorado governor’s race.
Polis’ victory Tuesday keeps the governor’s seat in Democratic hands. The 43-year-old Polis will succeed the term-limited John Hickenlooper to become Colorado’s first openly gay governor.
Polis is a five-term congressman and technology entrepreneur who promised to fight for universal health care, renewable energy standards and publicly funded preschool and kindergarten. He vowed to stand up to President Donald Trump’s efforts to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Stapleton is a two-term state treasurer who campaigned on defending Colorado’s constitutional restrictions on taxing and spending. The 44-year-old Stapleton insisted Polis’ ideas for funding K-12 education, roads and energy would bankrupt the state.
Colorado has not had a Republican governor since 2007.
– Associated Press
Tonight, we reaffirm what makes Colorado the amazing state that it is.
Here, we dream, we dare, and we do. We embrace big ideas and we work sun-up to sundown to make them realities. We see the highest mountains and we climb them. We face the tough decisions and we solve them. pic.twitter.com/s5TgypKQs5
— Jared Polis (@PolisForCO) November 7, 2018
8:43 p.m. – First-time Democratic candidate Jason Crow has defeated five-term Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in a suburban Denver district.
Crow is a former U.S. Army Ranger who was national Democrats’ choice to take on Coffman. He won Tuesday after outspending the incumbent, who lost TV ad spending from the national Republican Party in the campaign’s final weeks.
Coffman is an Army and Marine veteran who until Tuesday had repeatedly won in a district that has increasingly turned Democratic. He faced his toughest challenge yet against Crow.
The Democrat sought to wed Coffman to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. He also criticized the Republican’s pro-gun stance in a district that saw the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting.
Coffman represented Colorado’s 6th Congressional District since 2009 and served twice in Iraq.
Crow served in Iran and Afghanistan.
– Associated Press
8:25 p.m. — Democrat and Dillon resident Julie McCluskie has declared victory in her race to become the next state representative for House District 61 against her Republican challenger Mike Mason. McCluskie said she was “proud and honored” to start getting to work for the “good, hard-working” families of District 61. With 31,466 votes counted in the district, McCluskie is currently up 25 points over Mason, at 62.28 percent to 37.72 percent. — Deepan Dutta
7:53 p.m. – Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck has been re-elected to Congress.
Buck defeated Democrat Chase Kohne, a veterinarian, on Tuesday in the 4th Congressional District.
Buck will serve a third term in a strongly Republican district that stretches from northern parts of the state across the eastern
Plains and into suburban Douglas County.
He is a former Weld County district attorney who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2010. Buck was first elected to the House in 2014.
— Associated Press
7:45 p.m. – Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn has been re-elected to Congress.
Lamborn defeated Democrat Stephany Rose Spaulding on Tuesday to win a seventh term. His 5th Congressional District is centered in Colorado Springs and is heavily Republican.
Lamborn’s political career almost ended in April when the Colorado Supreme Court ruled he couldn’t appear on the Republican primary ballot for technical reasons.
A federal judge quickly allowed Lamborn back on the ballot, and he won the GOP primary.
Spaulding is an associate professor of women’s and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and senior pastor at the city’s Ebenezer Baptist Church.
— Associated Press
7:40 p.m. – A handful of Summit County officials ran unopposed. County Commissioner Dan Gibbs, a Democrat, won another term. Ryne Scholl, a Democrat, will now serve as county treasurer. Regan Wood, a Republican, was elected to another term as coroner. Franklin Selico, a Democrat, was elected to assessor. Gary Wilkinson, a Republican, will serve another term as surveyor. Summit County Clerk and Recorder Kathleen Neel, a Democrat, was also re-elected.
7:36 p.m. – Colorado Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter has won a seventh term in Congress.
Perlmutter defeated Republican Mark Barrington on Tuesday in the 7th Congressional District that encompasses Denver’s western and northern suburbs.
Last year, Perlmutter entered Colorado’s Democratic race for governor, saying he could do more for the state in the governor’s seat than in Washington.
He abandoned that bid after fellow Rep. Jared Polis entered the race. Polis is independently wealthy and self-financed his campaign against Republican Walker Stapleton.
Perlmutter initially said it’d be unfair to run for re-election to Congress since three other Democratic politicians were already competing for his seat. He later reversed himself.
— Associated Press
7:25 p.m. – Unofficial returns from the Secretary of State’s office are showing that 13,235 votes were cast in Summit County. With 27,112 registered voters, that more than 48 percent turnout. So far, Jaime FitzSimons is leading in the sheriff’s race with 60 percent of the vote. Ballot Initiative 1A is finding support with more than 58 percent of the vote.
7 p.m. – Polling places in Summit County and across Colorado have closed. Stay put as election results will start rolling in soon. In Summit County, local issues on the ballot include Ballot Initiative 1A, sheriff and items affecting funding for local fire districts.
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