Tight races leave two senate seats up in the air
with reports by Kevin Simpson, Allison Sherry and Michael Booth
The Denver Post
As of 11:30 p.m. Nov. 2, at least two Colorado races were too close to call.
State Senate District 16 candidate Tim Leonard had 21,577 votes and Jeanne Nicholson had 21,473.
U.S. Senate candidates Ken Buck and Michael Bennet were separated by only 4,000 votes after a miscount was corrected.
According to the Denver Post, incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet’s early lead in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race evaporated as the night wore on, with Republican challenger Ken Buck inching ahead on the strength of late returns.
The race, which most polls defined as one of the closest in the country, appeared to be living up to expectations. The candidates stood only a few thousand votes apart, each with about 47 percent of the vote shortly after 11 p.m.
The result carries major implications for the balance of power in the Senate.
Although a net gain of 10 seats for Republicans would allow them to assume the majority, late returns suggested that they would narrow the gap but fall short of gaining control.
Incumbent Randy Baumgardner ran away with Colorado House District 57, pocketing 12,959 votes to Steve Ivancie’s 5,278.
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