Routt Republicans write their own script in U.S. Senate primary race
Steamboat Springs — Routt County Republicans bucked the statewide trend in the June 28 primary election, favoring former Colorado State University football star and current insurance company owner Jack Graham over Darryl Glenn, the candidate who emerged from the state Republican convention as his party’s choice.
Glenn was being declared the statewide winner of the primary election less than an hour after the polls closed Tuesday, earning the chance to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. However, in Routt County, it was Graham who claimed 38.6 percent of the vote and out-polled Glenn, a retired military officer and El Paso County commissioner, 472 votes to 292.
Other vote getters in the Republican Senate race were Ryan L. Frazier, 89, Robert Blaha, 187, and Jon Keyser, 183.
Before the final count was known, Glenn had captured more than 37 percent of the vote with Graham at 24 percent.
Bennet received 996 votes in Routt County.
Final Routt County vote tallies may be reviewed at the Colorado Secretary of State’s Web page.
It was an odd primary election for Routt County Democrats — there were no contested races, and that almost certainly played a role in the 21.64 percent voter turnout with just 2,385 ballots cast among 11,023 eligible voters.
The presence of a lively Republican Senate race coupled with political newcomer Alex Beinstein’s surprising challenge to Congressman Scott Tipton, also on the Republican side, may have helped to create more interest, and increased voter turnout, on that side of the ballot. Still, it’s hard to resist looking at the primary as a preview of the general election races.
Tipton easily defeated Beinstein, who ran a very active grassroots campaign district-wide and in Routt County. The incumbent garnered 1,028 votes to 238 for his challenger here.
On the Democratic side, former state senator Gail Schwartz, who will challenge Tipton in the fall, received 866 votes.
Closer to home, incumbent District 1 Routt County Commissioner Tim Corrigan, a Democrat, received 925 votes with 146 under-votes (ballots left blank in that race). His Republican challenger Bob Dapper received 1,055 votes with 259 under-votes.
Democratic incumbent District 2 Commissioner Doug Monger, who is not being challenged in the fall, received 897 votes with 174 under-votes.
Routt County didn’t have any contested statehouse primary races but will in the fall election.
Democratic incumbent State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, of Steamboat Springs, received 997 votes while her challenger in the general election, Republican Michael Cacioppo, received 890.
Republican State Sen. Randy Baumgardner, of Hot Sulphur Springs, received 1,029 votes in his unopposed primary, and Democratic challenger Emily Tracy, of Summit County, collected 851 votes here.
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