Moffat County favors Jack Graham, but Darryl Glenn wins state’s Republican primary | CraigDailyPress.com

Moffat County favors Jack Graham, but Darryl Glenn wins state’s Republican primary

Patrick Kelly

Volunteer ballot judges Shamra Grajeda, Beverly Chapman, Cindel Nielson, Linda Riley and Arloa Gerber take the final tally on Tuesday night.

A total of 1,762 Moffat County voters participated in Tuesday's primary election.

Although Jack Graham won Moffat County with 464 votes, Darryl Glenn emerged victorious statewide, and will run against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett in the November for the Colorado U.S. Senate race.

Glenn was close behind Graham in Moffat County with 376 votes.

Five Republican candidates vied for the chance to run against Bennet. As reported by The Denver Post, Glenn received just over 37 percent of the statewide vote and was followed by Jack Graham with around 25 percent.

Newcomer Alex Beinstein received 40.3 percent of the delegates at the Republican State Convention in April to challenge three-term Congressman Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, for Colorado District 3 representation.

Beinstein was soundly defeated with Tipton receiving roughly 80 percent of the state vote.

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In Moffat County, Beinstein received 302 votes while Tipton strutted away with 1,198.

Joyce Rankin, Colorado Rep. Bob Rankin's wife, won the race for District 3 representation on the Colorado Board of Education with just under 56 percent of the vote across the state.

Moffat County voters submitted 787 votes for Joyce Rankin and 537 for her challenger, Anita Stapleton.

Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod said the process went smoothly and she looks forward to November, which is likely to be one of the largest elections her office has had to handle.

"This is practice for November," she said.

Craig resident Vicki Huyser turned in her ballot on Tuesday and said voting is an important right to exercise.

"It's one of our freedoms," she said. "If we don't, then we might lose that."

Brandi Meek, chair of the Moffat County Republican Party and party secretary for the state, said there are some complications with pledging support in the county's local elections but in terms of Tuesday's contest, the winners receive the party's support.

"We're excited to move past the nomination and focus on winning the general election," she said.

At the county level, Meek referred to write-in candidate Andrea Camp and her ability to factor into the November general election.

Camp will face the designated Republican candidate, Don Cook, and incumbent independent Commissioner John Kinkaid in November for the District 1 seat on the county commission.

Craig Mayor Ray Beck, a Republican, is currently unopposed in his run for the county commission District 2 seat.

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Moffat County’s primary election votes:

U.S. Senate

Jack Graham: 464

Darryl Glenn: 376

Robert Blaha: 271

Jon Keyser: 197

Ryan Fraizer: 109

U.S. House

Scott Tipton: 1,198

Alex Beinstein: 302

Colorado Board of Education

Joyce Rankin: 787

Anita Stapleton: 537