Late Tuesday night, the race for University of Colorado Regent for the 3rd Congressional District remained up in the air, although Grand Junction native Glenn Gallegos led challenger Jessica Garrow by 18,399 votes, 54 percent to 46 percent.
Election officials stopped counting early Wednesday morning, according to the Colorado Secretary of State's website. Counting was scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.
At press time, Gallegos, a Grand Junction Republican, had won much of the western-most portion of the state, including Mesa, Delta, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties. Garrow, by contrast, appeared to carry central counties such as Gunnison and Pitkin, along with Alamosa and La Plata counties in the south.
However, vote counting had not concluded in several counties, including Routt in the north and Archuleta, Conejos and Huerfano in the south.
Garrow, a Democrat, is a Carbondale resident who works in the Pitkin County Planning Department.
On election night, the two candidates praised each other, and said the tone of the race had been civil and productive overall.
"Glenn is a smart guy, and I called him and told him that just the other day," said Garrow.
During the campaign, both candidates pledged to work to send more Western Slope students to Colorado state schools.
Gallegos has also expressed interest in expanding CU's presence on the Western Slope, either though a physical facility, more online classes, or both.
Garrow said she differed with Gallegos in her support for the Colorado Asset Bill, which would create a new, lower tuition rate at state institutions for undocumented immigrant students.
However, the candidates agreed on the importance of insuring CU schools remain affordable for students on the Western Slope.
"Affordability is very important, and my strength is that I've been there, done that," said Gallegos, citing his past experience as a trustee at Colorado Mesa University.