McCain wins Garfield County by two votes
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Sen. John McCain could have been president of Garfield County.
Garfield County voters apparently favored McCain over President-elect Barack Obama by just two votes. McCain received 11,359 votes and Obama received 11,357 votes in the county, according to unofficial final election results.
County election workers were surprised around 3:30 a.m. on election night when preliminary unofficial results showed each candidate received exactly 11,223 votes from Garfield County.
But 330 provisional ballots broke that tie. Election workers had until Tuesday to finish counting those.
Garfield County has traditionally shown its Republican red at the voting booths. The county voted Republican in 18 of the past 22 presidential elections dating back to the 1920 election between Republican Warren Harding and Democrat James Cox.
The only Democratic presidential candidates to receive the majority of votes in Garfield County were Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 and 1936, Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and Bill Clinton in 1992.
Garfield County voted 22 times for GOP candidates since 1876, 10 times for Democrats, and once for James Baird Weaver, who represented the Populist Party in 1892.
In Garfield County, Democrat Mark Udall beat Republican Bob Schaffer 11,071-10,251. Third Congressional District Democratic candidate John Salazar beat Republican Wayne Wolf 13,241 to 8,941 in the county. In the Senate 8 race, won by Republican Al White, Democrat Ken Brenner won Garfield County 9,932 to 9,855.
Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121
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