Election Day 2014 live updates
UPDATE: 2:42 a.m. With 91% reporting, Hickenlooper (47.9%, 872,898) moves to a 6,206-vote lead over Beauprez (47.7%, 866,691), according to The Denver Post.
2:29 a.m. Hickenlooper leads Beauprez by just 782 votes with 91% reporting. About 30,000 ballots are still left to process in Boulder. Since midnight, election result updates have seen Hickenlooper’s lead grow and shrink in a race too close to call — for now.
12:22 a.m. Secretary of State Scott Gessler said, “I think there is a strong likelihood right now that we will have a recount in the governor’s race,” according to Denver Post reporter John Ingold. Only 6,501 votes separate Beauprez and Hickenlooper in the gubernatorial race.
10:21 p.m. Downtown stakeholders have rejected property tax increase to fund BID. 135 voted no, 120 voted yes.
10:03 p.m. According to reporter Scott Franz, delay in downtown BID tax election results is because several tedious steps had to be taken prior to vote tallying. Tallying still underway.
9:48 p.m. Cari Hermacinski is currently 1.68% ahead of Steve Ivancie with 722 votes left, excluding the 121 ballots that won’t be counted tonight. An automatic recount is triggered when the difference between vote counts is .05%. Rob Ryg, Brita Horn and Diane Mitsch Bush are on track to stay in office. The downtown Steamboat business improvement district ballots are still being counted, according to reporter Scott Franz. Statewide, with 1.45 million votes in, Beauprez is still leading the governor’s race over Hickenlooper, 48.7% to 47%.
9:16 p.m. Routt County election officials report 121 ballots won’t be counted tonight — 107 with signature issues and 14 more are being held out to allow those 107 voter privacy, according to reporter Joel Reichenberger.
9:01 p.m. The Routt County commissioner’s race is still too close to call. Reporter Joel Reichenberger, who is at the Courthouse, reports that Republican Cari Hermacinski leads by 127 votes over Democrat Steve Ivancie with 600 ballots still to count,
8:41 p.m. With about 1.37 million votes in, Beauprez leads Hickenlooper in the gubernatorial race, 48.8% to 46.9%. Tipton leads Tapia, 59.2% to 34.7%, in the U.S. House District 3 races. Republicans down the ballot are holding on to their lead. The gap between Marcia Neal and Henry Roman for the District 3 State Board of Education seat has narrowed somewhat, with Neal leading, 56.8% to 43.1%.
8:22 p.m. The Associated Press has called the U.S. Senate race for Cory Gardner. Republicans are leading down the ballot: secretary of state, Williams’ 50% to Neguse’s 43%; attorney general, Coffman’s 54% to Quick’s 40%; treasurer, Stapleton’s 52% to Markey’s 43%.
7:53 p.m. 1,000 votes are still out, but Routt County votes are showing: state House District 26, Diane Mitsch Bush leads Chuck McConnell by 55.28% to 41.95%; for county commissioner, Cari Hermacinski leads Steve Ivancie at 50.84% to 49.16%; for treasurer, Brita Horn leads Nikki Knoebel 52.74% to 47.26%,; coroner race, Rob Ryg leading Darrel Levingston at 65.91% to 34.02%.
7:42 p.m. Scott Tipton leads Abel Tapia with 70.7% to 22.2% in the U.S. House of Representatives District 3 race.
7:33 p.m. With 888,276 votes counted, Gardner leads Udall in the U.S. Senate race, 51.6% to 43.2%. Beauprez leads Hickenlooper, 49.1% to 46.9%.
7:30 p.m. Election officials report 10,163 Routt County voters cast ballots in 2014 election. County Clerk Kay Weinland said earlier that she was hoping to hit 10,000.
7:24 p.m. Early returns: With 15% reporting, Cory Gardner leads Mark Udall by 49.5% to 45.3% in the U.S. Senate race. John Hickenlooper leads Bob Beauprez by 48.8% to 47.3% in the Colorado gubernatorial race. Other state races: secretary of state, Wayne Williams over Joe Neguse, 49.2% to 43.9%; state treasurer, Walker Stapleton over Betsy Markey, 50.9% to 44.3%; and attorney general, Cynthia Coffman over Don Quick, 52.9% to 41.4%.
7 p.m. Polls have closed in the state of Colorado.
6:45 p.m. Reporter Joel Reichenberger is reporting a steady stream of voters at the voter service and polling center at the Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs in the final push before the 7 p.m. Election Day deadline. Follow Reichenberger on Twitter @jreich9 for more results from the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
4:55 p.m. The Steamboat Pilot & Today expects the first batch of results from the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office around 7 p.m.
1:31 p.m. Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland reports that 9,177 ballots had been cast as of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Voters can vote in person or use the drop-off box at the Routt County Courthouse until 7 p.m.
Early returns from Routt County’s first all-mail ballot partisan election reflect a win in terms of voter turnout for a midterm election featuring gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. Routt County Elections Supervisor Kim Bonner confirmed that as of about 1:30 p.m. Monday, 7,746 ballots, representing 50 percent of eligible voters, had been cast. There are 15,400 registered voters in the county.
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