Baumgardner springboards off House experience to win SD8

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By the numbers...

Election results for Colorado Senate District 8, as of press time:

73 precincts, or 73 percent, reporting

• Baumgardner — 32,074, 51 percent

• Tracy — 27,826, 44 percent

• Weis — 2,769, 4 percent

Quotable...

“I’d be lying to you if I said I was disappointed. I was honored to represent House District 57. I gave them 100 percent and I’ll continue to do that for Senate District 8.”

Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, about his win in Colorado Senate District 8

Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, has been through his share of elections since first running for public office.

But on Tuesday Baumgardner said they never get easier no matter how many he’s through.

“You just don’t know going in,” Baumgardner said. “It doesn’t matter how hard you campaign or how good you feel, anything can happen.”

The state representative vying for a new title in the race for Colorado Senate District 8 thought the office was very much up for grabs until his opponent, Breckenridge Democrat Emily Tracy, called him just before 11 p.m. to say congratulations.

At the time Tracy trailed by less than 4,000 votes with 34 percent of the precincts remaining to be tallied.

“I didn’t have the numbers in front of me, but I was told that there was not a path to victory for our side, so I called Randy and congratulated him,” Tracy said. “It’s a great part of the state, it was a terrific race and I enjoyed meeting all of the people in Northwest Colorado, so I’m glad I ran for this position and sorry I didn’t get it.”

Tops on Baumgardner’s list of priorities as the district’s next senator are securing West Slope water and property rights, boosting economic development through enterprise zones and tax incentives, and standing up for Second Amendment rights.

“I’d be lying to you if I said I was disappointed,” Baumgardner said. “I was honored to represent House District 57. I gave them 100 percent and I’ll continue to do that for Senate District 8.”

Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or jmoylan@craigdailypress.com.

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