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Gardner wins Colorado U.S. Senate, marijuana cultivation fails in Moffat County

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

From left, Moffat County election judges Beverly Chapman, Arloa Gerber and Judy Smith sort ballot stubs and envelopes on election night.

Republicans came out strong on Election Day, winning several races locally and nationally.

Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner held the lead early on Election night, and he ultimately defeated Democrat U.S. Senator Mark Udall, who served as the state's U.S. Senator for the past six years.

With 82 percent of the precincts reporting, Gardner logged 50.6 percent, while Udall lost with 44 percent.

Moffat County overwhelmingly came out in favor of Gardner, with 76.5 percent, or 3,724 of voters favoring the Republican, while only 16.9 percent, or 826 voters vied for Udall.

It’s still not clear who will win the gubernatorial race. With 82 percent of the precincts counted, Republican Bob Beauprez has 48.2 percent of the votes over Gov. John Hickenlooper's 47.3 percent.

All votes are accounted for in Moffat County, showing that local voters favored Bob Beauprez with 77.7 percent, 3,791voters, over Hickenlooper who received only 17.5 percent, or 853 votes locally.

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The marijuana measure in Moffat County shows that it failed with 59 percent saying "no" and 41 percent voting in favor of allowing growing operations in the county.

Rep. Bob Rankin held tight to his seat in the state legislature, wining against Craig Libertarian Sasha Mero. Rankin, who represents House District 57, encompassing Garfield, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, won 89 percent of the votes, while only 11 percent of voters favored Mero.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton also held his position as Congressman for Colorado District 3, wining 60 percent of the votes against Democrat Able Tapia.

Republican incumbent Walker Stapleton won 52 percent of the vote against Democrat Betsy Markey.

Proposition 104, concerning school board meetings, won 70 percent of the vote, while the GMO Proposition 105 lost at 68 percent.

Amendment 67, the personhood ballot measure, failed with 64 percent of Coloradoans voting no, and Amendment 68 also collapsed with 72 percent of voters against gambling boosting school funding.