UPDATED Election Results: Mesa County & statewide
EARLY LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS IN MESA COUNTY: 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)
County Clerk and Recorder — Winner: Sheila Reiner (R)
2A: Should retail marijuana be allowed in Palisade?
(An updated ballot count was given to the Free Press at 2:37 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5)
2B: Palisade marijuana business tax?
Should De Beque adopt a recreational marijuana tax?
ON PALISADE’S RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA QUESTIONS — 2A & 2B
According to Sheila Reiner, Mesa County’s Clerk and Recorder, counting ballots for Palisade’s recreational marijuana questions will continue.
“We have 18 Palisade voters who have signature discrepancy ballots or no signature ballots that can be cured by the voters by Nov. 12. We are working to find how many provisional ballots might be Palisade ballots as well. Over the next few weeks these ballots needing cure will be processed. The canvass of the election on Nov. 20 will create an official result and that is when we will know the final outcome.”
Highlights from Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 4:
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. According to The Denver Post, Beauprez conceded his loss in a letter to supporters at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday. It was also reported that Hickenlooper won 48.6 percent of the vote, with Beauprez taking 46.7 percent.
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.
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).
The Glenwood Springs Post Independent contributed to this staff report.
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