GOP candidates anxious for Tuesday's primary results

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Republican Party primary election deadlines Tuesday:

• Noon — Dinosaur Library, 400 School St.

• 5 p.m. — Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

• 7 p.m. — Moffat County Courthouse elections office, 221 W. Victory Way

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“There’s a lot of different thoughts going through my head. Right now I’m just anxious to know the results of the primary so I can keep moving forward.”

— Audrey Danner, Moffat County Commission District 2 incumbent

The anxiousness and uncertainty of a primary election isn't an uncommon experience for several of Moffat County’s local Republican Party candidates.

Chuck Grobe served as Hayden mayor for six years, followed by four more as mayor pro tem.

Audrey Danner won a primary and a general election after being appointed to the Moffat County Commission in 2008.

Current House District 57 Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, won in his first attempt at public office and is looking to keep the streak going in his bid for Colorado State Senate District 8.

And, though Jean White, R-Hayden, was appointed to her first SD 8 term, she has supported her husband, Al, through many of his state primary campaigns.

Despite their collective experience, there is no shortage of uncertainty on the eve of the primary.

“It’s like any election I’ve ever been involved in,” Baumgardner said. “You just don’t know going in.”

The Baumgardner/White race has attracted a lot of statewide attention since April when the campaign took an ugly political turn.

Despite his competitive nature and desire to win, Baumgardner said he would be happy Tuesday no matter what voters in the district decide.

“I’d like to win,” Baumgardner said. “I’d like to represent the people of the district, but if I don’t win I’ll be OK with it.”

While Baumgardner said he's at peace no matter what happens Tuesday night, Danner feels like time has suddenly stopped.

“There’s a lot of different thoughts going through my head,” she said. “Right now, I’m just anxious to know the results of the primary, so I can keep moving forward.”

Moffat County Republican Party voters who have not already cast a ballot have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to return their ballots to Moffat County Elections Supervisor Stephanie Beckett.

It's too late to return ballots by mail, Beckett said.

To be counted in the primary, ballots must be deposited in person by the 7 p.m. deadline at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

Ballot boxes are also be available until 5 p.m. at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St, and until noon at Dinosaur Library, 400 School St.

The drop off deadline for the Maybell Library has passed, Beckett said.

In addition to ballots mailed out last month, Beckett said an electronic voting machine will be available at the Moffat County Courthouse for disabled residents who would prefer not to vote by paper.

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