Taylor edges Fetcher in District 8
Garfield County voters supported Jack Taylor’s successful bid to retain his state Senate District 8 seat, but only by a slim margin of 1 percent.According to unofficial results from the Garfield County Clerk’s office Wednesday, Taylor received 8,631 votes to challenger Jay Fetcher’s 8,815 (50.53 to 49.47 percent). Districtwide, Taylor garnered 28,262 votes over Fetcher’s 26,594, with Fetcher taking 46 percent of the vote and Taylor 52 percent. Fetcher carried Eagle and Routt counties.District 8 includes Moffat, Routt, Jackson, Rio Blanco, and part of Eagle and Garfield counties. “This was our sixth campaign,” Taylor said. “We ran a positive campaign with our advertising. … I get the sense people across the country are incensed about negative campaigns.”During the campaign, Taylor accused Fetcher of negative campaigning, calling some of his ads “hit pieces.” Fetcher said they weren’t from his camp but from outside interest groups.Of the campaign, Fetcher said, “It was a fun journey.” “I got up this morning and fed the cows and said to myself, this feels really good,” Fetcher said from his ranch in Clark near Steamboat Springs Wednesday afternoon.”I accomplished four of the five things I wanted to do. The first was to make sure the people had a choice in candidates; the second, to make sure Jack was accountable; three, to help take back the Senate – that feels really good (the Democrats regained a Senate majority despite Fetcher’s loss); fourth, to win in Routt County. I didn’t get five, which was to win. But that was really down there on the list.”Fetcher also praised his staff and volunteers and said he was ready to get back to normal.”The country is ready to move on,” he said.
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