Campaign spending was lopsided in most Routt County races heading into Election Day
Campaign spending by the numbers
Cari Hermacinski (apparent winner): $39,429
Steve Ivancie: $13,449
House District 26
Diane Mitsch Bush (winner): $41,596
Chuck McConnell: $25,600
Brita Horn (winner): $9,144
Nikki Knoebel: $8,717
Rob Ryg (winner): $2,300
Darrel Levingston: $0
*Totals through late October
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• Rob Ryg
Steamboat Springs — The latest campaign finance reports filed by Routt County candidates reveal the biggest spenders heading into Election Day claimed victory in every race.
But in the case of the Routt County commissioner’s race, the vote gap was a lot closer than the spending gap.
The latest filings available show that through Oct. 26, Republican Cari Hermacinski, the apparent winner in the commissioner’s race, raised and spent nearly three times the amount of money her Democratic opponent, Steve Ivancie, did.
Hermacinski received 89 more votes than Ivancie out of 10,125 cast.
The race’s outcome isn’t 100 percent certain because 121 votes — 107 of them with correctable signature issues — and 14 others held back to protect the identity of the other 107 were not counted Tuesday night and may not finally be tallied until Nov. 12.
Hermacinski reported raising $37,970 and spending $39,429 while Ivancie raised $13,710 and spent $13,449 in the same time period.
Fundraising totals in the House District 26 race also were lopsided.
Democratic state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, who cruised to re-election, raised $59,707 through Oct. 22 while Republican challenger Chuck McConnell raised $27,835 in the same time period.
Mitsch Bush spent $41,596 while McConnell spent $25,600.
In the race for county treasurer, Republican victor Brita Horn raised $13,120 and spent $9,144 through Oct. 26 while challenger Nikki Knoebel raised $9,090 and spent $8,717.
In the coroner’s race, incumbent winner Rob Ryg, a Republican, raised $2,300 and spent $1,899 while challenger Darrel Levingston reported no campaign fundraising or spending.
Final campaign finance reports that will include spending and fundraising totals through Election Day are expected early next month.
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