Potential control of the Colorado House of Representatives appears to shift back to the Democrats, as a handful of counties continue to count ballots. This year’s mail-ballots, coupled with same-day registration and on-site voting options caused a delay in reporting to the Secretary of State.
In Arapahoe County Republican Candace Benge was ahead of Democrat incumbent Daniel Kagan late Tuesday night. But as votes continued to be reported, Kagan took the lead and appears to have won the seat by a slim margin outside the automatic recount.
Other critical House seats include District 30 and 31, both in Adams County which are still tallying votes. Those traditionally Democrat areas have shown Republican candidates leading. J. Paul Brown, a Republican seeking to win back the seat he lost in 2012, appears to have won in House District 59 and Kit Roupe appears to have unseated Rep. Tony Exum in Colorado Springs. County clerks have until November 24 to certify the elections.
In the Senate the Republican majority appears to hold but the Adams county process could potentially change the outcome of District 24 (Humenik vs. Solano). Also in District 16 Republican Tim Neville is leading incumbent Jeanne Nicholson by around 2000 votes, but portions of that district have not completed their count. In District 20 (Jefferson County), Democrat incumbent Cheri Jahn appears to have won by 200 votes, well within the half percentage point needed for an automatic recount.
Legislative leadership elections scheduled for today have been cancelled while waiting for a final determination of which party holds the majority in House and Senate. The orientation program for new legislators, however, is moving forward as planned beginning at 1:30 today and continuing tomorrow, with two additional sessions scheduled prior to January.
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