Election totals as of Wednesday morning
EARLY LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS: As of Wednesday, Nov. 5
Senate District 7
Winner: Ray Scott (R)
Mesa County Sheriff
Winner: Matt Lewis (R)
House District 54
Winner: Yeulin Willett (R)
House District 55
Winner: Dan Thurlow (R)
Mesa County Commissioner
Winner: Scott McInnis (R)
2A: Should retail marijuana be allowed in Palisade?
(An updated ballot count was given at 2:37 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5)
2B: Palisade marijuana business tax?
Should DeBeque adopt a recreational marijuana tax?
Highlights from Tuesday’s election:
GOVERNOR: In the state’s closest race, Gov. John Hickenlooper pulled ahead overnight on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in his race for re-election against Republican Bob Beauprez. Beauprez led as votes were counted Tuesday evening, but votes from Boulder and Denver counties in particular that were not counted until near midnight and later put the Democratic incumbent ahead.
As of Wednesday morning, the Colorado secretary of state’s website showed Hickenlooper ahead 873,790 to 862,488 — about sixth-tenths of a percentage point. Not all votes were counted yet, but many of those not yet counted are from Democratic-leaning areas on the Front Range.
U.S. SENATE: U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner defeated Sen. Mark Udall, helping push Republicans to control of the Senate. Gardner won about 51 percent of the vote to Udall’s 44 percent.
NBC News projected that Joni Ernst won in Iowa, giving Republicans control of the Senate. Ernst is the first Iowa woman ever elected to Congress.
Mitch McConnell, who easily won re-election over a well-financed opponent in Kentucky, is set to become Senate majority leader.
CONGRESS: Republican Rep. Scott Tipton cruised to victory over Democrat Abel Tapia.
GMO LABELING: The initiative to require foods containing genetically engineered organisms to be labeled was trounced, with 68 percent of voters saying no to the idea. Food companies dramatically outspent supporters of the proposal, by about $11 million to $440,000. The vote on a similar measure in Oregon was much closer.
AMENDMENT 68: A proposed constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling at Arapahoe Park horse track in Aurora, with tax money going to public schools, was losing badly, with 72 percent against.
PERSONHOOD: Also losing by a wide margin in early returns was a proposed constitutional amendment to include unborn human beings under the definition of “person” and “child” in the Colorado criminal code. Sixty-four percent of votes were against that proposal.
STATEWIDE OFFICES: Republicans won races for attorney general (Cynthia Coffman), secretary of state (Wayne Williams) and treasurer (Walker Stapleton).
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Former Carbondale trustee Katrina Byars said she wants to bring a voice of environmental sustainability to the commission, and believes her opponent has served long enough.