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Vallario carried all but Carbondale

Garfield County’s Nov. 5 election abstract was released Monday by Garfield County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf, and it reveals:-In the sheriff’s face, challenger Lou Vallario carried all but one precinct west of Carbondale in his win over incumbent Tom Dalessandri.-Trsi Houpt’s strong showing from Carbondale through Glenwood Springs brought her victory over incumbent Walt Stowe in the county commissioner race.-Amendment 31, which would have virtually banned bilingual education in Colorado’s public schools, lost in all but three of the county’s 28 precincts; those three precincts were in the New Castle, Rifle and Parachute/Battlement Mesa areas.On a state and national level, Carbondale is Garfield County’s Democratic Party stronghold, with Glenwood Springs close behind. Republicans start overtaking Democrats west of Glenwood Springs.The most telling race for party politics could well have been the U.S. Senate match-up between Republican incumbent Wayne Allard and Democratic challenger Tom Strickland. Strickland won all four Carbondale precincts and five of eight in Glenwood Springs. Allard won 15 of the remaining 16 precincts, losing only one in New Castle and collecting 51 percent of the vote countywide.”It’s typical, from West Glenwood it gets more Republican,” said Garfield County Democratic Party Chairwoman Leslie Robinson. “There’s almost a dividing line.”Republican Party officials were not available for comment.Referendum A, which asked voters to do away with district attorney term limits, cut across party lines. Referendum A lost in 27 of 28 Garfield County precincts, winning only in New Castle’s Precinct 13. Countywide, the referendum lost 65 percent to 35 percent.delayed from releasing their precinct by precinct results in the Nov. 5 election until Monday, due to a lawsuit filed by 7th District Congressional candidate Mike Feeley challenging that race’s outcome.When the Colorado Secretary of State authorized Alsdorf to release her results, she had them ready early Monday morning.Local races analyzedLocally, the sheriff’s race between two-term incumbent Tom Dalessandri, a Democrat, and Glenwood Springs police Lt. Lou Vallario, a Republican, generated one of the liveliest campaigns. Vallario received 55 percent of the votes to the Democrat Dalessandri’s 45 percent, on 13,816 votes cast.Dalessandri won all four Carbondale precincts, but only one of eight in Glenwood Springs, while Vallario ran the table from New Castle to Parachute, picking up 16 precincts along the way.In the county commissioner race, Houpt, a Democrat, took all four Carbondale precincts, all eight Glenwood Springs precincts, and one in New Castle. Stowe, a Republican, won the precincts to the west, but it wasn’t enough to outweigh Houpt’s advantage.Houpt received 53 percent of the votes to Stowe’s 47 percent of 13,647 ballots were cast.In the county treasurer’s race, Democratic incumbent Georgia Chamberlain faced an aggressive campaign from Republican challenger Cheryl Chandler, but won with 59 percent of the votes.Chamberlain, a Carbondale resident, carried her hometown plus all of Glenwood Springs, two of the three precincts in New Castle, one of three precincts in Silt, and two of five precincts in Rifle. Chandler, a Silt resident, carried all four precincts in Parachute and Battlement Mesa.In the District 61 state House race, which includes Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle and part of Silt, Republic incumbent Gregg Rippy of Glenwood Springs faced Democratic challenger Rick Davis of Glenwood Springs and Natural Law Party candidate Abba Krieger of Carbondale. Rippy won 15 of 17 precincts, with Davis taking two of Carbondale’s four precincts.In Garfield County, Rippy received 61 percent of the 9,487 ballots cast. Davis received 34 percent, and Krieger received 0.05 percent. District-wide, Rippy won the race with 8,108 votes to Davis’s 7,200.In the 57th District state House race between Republican incumbent Al White of Winter Park and Democratic challenger Terry Carwile of Craig, White won all 10 Garfield County precincts with 62 percent of the vote to Carwile’s 32 percent. A pair of third-party candidates received a total of 0.06 percent. Final results in state legislative races from the Colorado Secretary of State won’t be available until Nov. 27, according to a spokesperson.State races analyzed-Gov. Bill Owens took 26 of 28 precincts in Garfield County. Democratic challenger Rollie Heath won one precinct in Glenwood Springs. There was a tie in Carbondale’s third precinct. In winning a second term as governor, Owens received 64 percent of the vote in Garfield County to Heath’s 32 percent. A pair of third-party candidates split the remaining 4 percent.-Incumbent Treasurer Mike Coffman, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Terry Phillips in all but three precincts in Garfield County, mirroring his win statewide. Phillips picked up his wins in Carbondale. Coffman received 56 percent of the vote to Phillips’ 37 percent. A pair of third-party candidates split the rest.-Incumbent Attorney General Ken Salazar, a Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Marti Allbright in 23 of 28 Garfield County precincts. Allbright’s only wins were one precinct each in New Castle, Silt and Rifle, and two precincts in Parachute/Battlement Mesa. Salazar received 56 percent of the votes, while Allbright received 38 percent. A pair of third-party candidates split the remaining 6 percent.-Incumbent Secretary of State Donetta Davidson, a Republican, took 22 precincts while Democratic challenger Anthony Martinez took five. They tied in one precinct. Martinez won in three of four Carbondale precincts, and two in Glenwood Springs. Davidson received 59 percent of the votes to Martinez’s 36 percent. A pair of third-party candidates split the remaining 5 percent.-U.S. Rep. Scott Mcinnis, R-Grand Junction, won 25 of 28 Garfield County precincts over Democratic challenger Denis Berckfeldt. McInnis carried two of four precincts in Carbondale, and seven of eight in Glenwood Springs. In winning a sixth term to Congress, the Glenwood Springs native won 66 percent of the vote in Garfield County. Berckfeldt won 28 percent. A pair of third-party challengers split the remaining 6 percent.-In the U.S. Senate race, Allard, who returns to the Senate for a second term, received 51 percent of Garfield County’s votes to Strickland’s 45 percent. A trio of third-party candidates received 4 percent of the vote.County clerks statewide were


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