Record number of voters flock to local polls |

Record number of voters flock to local polls

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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

BRECKENRIDGE ” A record number of Summit County voters ” 13,698 ” flocked to the polls Tuesday to decide one of the tightest races in recent memory.

In Summit County, 5,320 voters cast their votes for President Bush to put him back in office, while 8,032 voted for Sen. John Kerry. Kerry conceded the race to Bush Wednesday morning, saying it was better to bring a divided nation back together than to drag out official results with lawsuits.

Summit County voters helped put Attorney General Ken Salazar into the U.S. Senate seat by a 60 to 40 margin. Voters here cast 4,989 votes for businessman Pete Coors and 8,123 for Salazar.

Mark Udall swept the race for U.S. representative with 8,839 votes to Steve Hackman’s 3,758. Udall dominated the race statewide, as well.

In the race for the District 56 state representative seat, Gary Lindstrom beat Republican Heather Lemon by a 10 percent margin as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Summit County voters cast 8,177 ballots for Lindstrom and 4,892 for Lemon.

Lindstrom had recorded 16,491 votes ” 55 percent ” while Lemon had 13,696 votes ” 45 percent, with 100 percent of votes tallied.

Lindstrom lost by a few hundred votes in Eagle County, where Lemon is well-known, but garnered a 2,850 majority in Summit and Lake counties to keep his seat.

The Fifth Judicial District race yo-yo’d throughout the night, with District Attorney Mark Hurlbert appearing to come out on top in the four-county region. Summit County voters cast 5,091 votes for Bruce Brown of Clear Creek County and 7,328 for Hurlbert.

In another hotly contested race, Summit County voters opted to keep recently appointed Bob French in his county commissioner seat.

Voters cast 7,442 votes for French and 5,293 for Jim Stover. Bill Wallace beat out Green Party candidate Tom Castrigno, 8,377 to 3,309 to retain his commissioner seat, and uncontested Republican Tom Long garnered 9,304 votes.

Judges Lass, Ruckriegle, Casias and Moorhead will all retain their seats. Lass received 8,339 votes to keep him on the bench and 1,679 to oust him. Ruckriegle received 8,193 votes to retain him and 2,536 against. Casias received 8,304 to keep him and 1,710 against. Voters gave Moorhead a thumbs up by a 7,551 to 1,739 margin.

Summit County voters also approved referendums A and B, which will allocate money to renovate various schools throughout the county.

Voters cast 7,938 votes in favor of Amendment 3A and 4,740 against; they cast 7,568 for Amendment 3B and 5,036 against.

At the state level, Summit County voters helped defeat Amendment 34, with 3,283 voting for the amendment that would have allowed homeowners to sue developers for shoddy construction and 9,392 voting against it.

Summit County voters joined the rest of the state to pass Amendment 35 by a 9,058 to 4,001 margin. The amendment will increase the tax on tobacco products from 20 cents to 84 cents. Revenue generated from that will be used to pay for health related programs.

Voters also opted against Amendment 36, which would have divvied up the state’s nine Electoral College votes. Voters cast 5,731 for the proposal and 7,047 against.

Summit County showed its green side in opting to vote for Amendment 37 which will require public utilities to use alternative sources of renewable energy. Locally, 9,212 voted for the amendment and 3,633 against.

Voters here cast 6,006 votes to put Jennifer Mello into the University of Colorado regent seat. Her opponent, Steve Bosley, received 4,429 votes in Summit County.

In other races, John Minor will retain his position as sheriff, as voters cast 9,283 votes for him; Rich Ferris will remain as county surveyor with 9,121 votes cast to keep him.

Voters here also cast 7,484 votes to keep State Appellate Court Judge Casebolt, 7,426 votes to keep appeals court judge Graham, 7,394 to keep appeals court Judge Roy, 7,263 to keep appeals court Judge Taubman and 7,275 to keep appeals court Judge Webb.

Residents in Lakeview Meadows opted on a 46 to 27 vote to tax themselves to make road improvements in the subdivision.

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