LIVE UPDATES: 2020 Presidential Primary election in Routt County
Editor’s note: This story will be updated throughout Election Day with the latest election news and results.
9 p.m.: With 100% reporting, Bernie Sanders earned the most votes in Routt County with a total of 1,817. Joe Biden won the second-most votes with 1,473, and Michael Bloomberg took third with 1,204 votes. A total of 8,184 ballots were cast by Routt County voters, according to the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
7:31 p.m.: Bernie Sanders wins Colorado’s presidential primary, according to Associated Press. More than 1.5 million of Colorado’s 3.4 million voters had cast ballots, the Secretary of State’s Office said.
7:20 p.m.: The first round of results from the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office have been released. Bernie Sanders leads with 1,535 votes, followed by Joe Biden with 1,257 votes and Michael Bloomberg with 1,134 votes. On the Republican side, President Donald Trump garnered 2,289 votes.
5:50 p.m.: So far 8,044 ballots have been returned in Routt County, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. There’s a little more than an hour left before the polls close in Colorado.
1:15 p.m.: What’s Super Tuesday all about? Super Tuesday is the day when the most states hold presidential primaries. In all, 15 states, including Colorado, are hosting primaries. Other states include: Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Maine, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Virginia. These states represent 34% of all pledged delegates with 1,357 delegates at stake. To win the nomination, a candidate is trying to reach the majority of 1,900 delegates so the Super Tuesday vote is significant. Up until today, only 155 delegates were awarded during primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
11:30 a.m. A total of 1,311,477 ballots have been returned across the state, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. Considering the 2019 state population, that means roughly one-fifth of the state has cast a ballot.
10 a.m. The state Democratic Party will determine how many delegates candidates win, and like Iowa, the process may take days to finalize, according to the Colorado Sun.
8 a.m. Tuesday, March 3: Happy Election Day. If you haven’t turned in your ballot yet, you have until 7 p.m. tonight to drop it off at the drop box behind the Historic Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs. You can also drop your ballot off at the Clark Store, Hayden Town Hall, Oak Creek Town Hall and Yampa Town Hall. Those drop-off locations will only be open until 5 p.m. If you’d prefer to vote in person, want a replacement ballot or need to register to vote, visit the voter service and polling center in the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at the historic Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave.
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