Chas McConnell earns more than 1,000 write-in votes; McCain edges Obama in Grand County |

Chas McConnell earns more than 1,000 write-in votes; McCain edges Obama in Grand County

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado

By Wednesday afternoon, Grand County election officials announced the tally of write-in votes for Chas McConnell of Tabernash, District 1 candidate for county commissioner.

Of the 6,270 people who cast votes in that race, 1,053 wrote in the name “Chas McConnell” as their choice for commissioner.

But incumbent Commissioner James Newberry garnered 5,217 votes, retaining the commissioner seat in a race called early on by the number of early and mail votes in his favor.

District 1 represents the Fraser Valley region.

Nancy Stuart, incumbent District 2 candidate representing the Granby/Grand Lake region, ran unopposed collecting 5,526 votes.

In all, 8,224 ballots were cast in the election, a formidable turnout, according to Grand County Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene.

The election had very few glitches, she said. “I was really happy with it.”

There are still about 135 provision ballots yet to be counted on Nov. 14.

McCain edges Obama in Grand Co.

In final but unofficial presidential race results, Grand County voters narrowly picked John McCain over Barack Obama, 4,088 to 3,961votes.

The unaffiliated Ralph Nader appealed to 55 members of the electorate, with The Constitution, Libertarian, Green, HeartQuake ’08, Socialist Workers, Boston Tea, America’s Independent and Socialism and Libertarian party candidates gaining a smattering of Grand County support.

In the presidential vote column, there were five over votes, or those who voted for more than one candidate, and 30 under votes, meaning the vote for president was skipped or election judges could not determine voter’s intent, thereby not counting that particular vote.

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