Grand County caucus-goers favor Buck, McInnis and Romanoff
March 17, 2010
As many as 150 Republican Party members attended Grand County caucuses on Tuesday, with Ken Buck and Jane Norton for U.S. Senate chosen as the local party favorites.
Buck received 64 votes, while Norton garnered 61.
For governor, voters overwhelming chose Republican Scott McInnis with 104 votes over opponent Dan Maes, with 47 votes.
One voter chose candidate Steve Barton for U.S. Senate, two chose Cleve Tidwell and 32 voters were for Tom Wiens.
The Republican caucus served to choose delegates for the Grand County Republican County Assembly, scheduled for 2 p.m., March 28, at West Grand High School.
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The State Assembly will follow on Saturday, May 21-22, at the Budweiser Events Center, Loveland.
Grand County Republican Chair Dave Abbott said turnout was much stronger at some precincts over others, but overall attendance was similar to what was expected.
Local Republicans mirrored statewide caucus numbers, with Ken Buck and Jane Norton resulting in near-tie.
Buck received 37.86 percent of the votes, and Norton gained 37.74 percent of the votes out of 24,628 ballots cast statewide.
Steve Barton had 1.24 percent, Robert Greenheck was at 0.15 percent, Vincent Martinez had 0.33 percent, Cleve Tidwell gained 5.97 percent and Tom Wiens had 15.46 percent.
In the gubernatorial race out of 25,341 caucus attendees statewide, McInnis was the clear winner with 60.03 percent of the votes over candidate Maes with 39.27 percent.
Grand County Democratic Caucus attendees were split on the U.S. Senate candidates, giving a narrow lead to Andrew Romanoff with 34 votes over incumbent Michael Bennet, who garnered 33 Grand County votes.
The undecided contingent amounted to 10 votes.
The 12 Democratic precincts chose 38 delegates to attend the Grand County Democratic Party Public Assembly at 7 p.m. on April 6 at the Granby Public Library community room.
Democratic Chair Clint Roberts said he was “quite happy” with the turnout. Although it paled in comparison to the landmark 2008 election caucus attendance, it was much better than in 2006 and 2004, Roberts said.
“There is a different dynamic this year politically,” he said.
The Colorado Democratic Party state convention is May 22 in Broomfield.
Statewide totals showed that out of the 21,693 people who attended the grass-roots caucuses, 50.81 percent voted for Andrew Romanoff, 41.74 percent for Michael Bennet and 7.36 percent were uncommitted.