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Hickenlooper wins race for Colorado governor against Beauprez

Recount still possible

Noelle Leavitt Riley

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke with a large crowd of Moffat County residents late last November after the county voted down seceding from the state, 55 percent to 45 percent.

In an extraordinarily tight gubernatorial race, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper held onto his governorship for a second term, beating Republican Bob Beauprez by a tight margin.

Hickenlooper won 48.6 percent of the vote, while Beauprez tallied 46.7 percent.

"That was a very, very close race, and both sides put a lot of resources into that run for governor," said Brandi Meek, Moffat County chairwoman of the Republican Party. "Beauprez was a good candidate to run for governor, and I was happy to support him and his efforts."

Meek also highlighted that Hickenlooper has made more "efforts to reach out to rural Colorado in the last year," she said.

Craig Mayor Terry Carwile also has been closely watching the gubernatorial results.

"I haven't found (Hickenlooper) particularly difficult to work with," Carwile said, noting that voters will now have to pay attention to what Hickenlooper's general assembly will look like.

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Many in rural Colorado, including those in Moffat County, have criticized Hickenlooper for his controversial gun legislation in 2013 that put restrictions on ownership and magazines for automatic weapons.

Last year, 11 Colorado counties — including Moffat County — asked voters if they wanted to secede from Colorado due to Hickenlooper paying attention only to constituents on the Front Range.

Moffat County voters came out against the 2013 secession measure 55 to 45 percent.

Reach Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or nriley@craigdailypress.com.