Tuesday, September 10, 2013

UPDATE: Giron, like Morse, defeated in recall

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM

The Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder finally got its online act together Tuesday night, and the numbers it's reported are pretty stunning.

Democratic Sen. Angela Giron, viewed as being in a "safer" district than Colorado Springs colleague John Morse, has been defeated much more soundly than Morse in her recall election. 

With 35.66 percent voter turnout, here are the numbers, with a "yes" vote being pro-recall and anti-Giron:

YES: 19,355 (56.01 percent)
NO: 15,201 (43.99 percent)

She will be replaced by Republican George Rivera, who took 88.16 percent of the successor vote.

Meanwhile, the "unofficial final results" from the Morse race, with 21.25 percent voter turnout, are as follows:

YES: 8,827 (50.96 percent)
NO: 8,262 (49.04 percent)

Republican Bernie Herpin got 83.20 percent of the successor vote, making him Morse's replacement.

——- UPDATED POST, 9:53 P.M. ——-

Hold that hope: John Morse has given his concession speech.

With results from 20.97 percent of eligible voters as of 9:36 p.m., the gap looks like this:

YES: 9,040 (51.33 percent)
NO: 8,571 (48.67 percent)

Those results are not final, but they are enough for Morse to call the race over. Bernie Herpin will be the next state senator from District 11.

We'll have dispatches from both sides before the night is through.

——- UPDATED POST, 9:30 P.M. ——-

An updated round of results has brightened the outlook somewhat for El Paso County Democrat John Morse.

Time-stamped 9:18 p.m., the results from 20.47 percent of eligible voters show just a 363-vote advantage for the pro-recall crowd. Currently:

YES: 8,777 (51.06 percent)
NO: 8,414 (48.94 percent)

Meanwhile, in Pueblo, the Clerk and Recorder's Office reportedly suffered a website crash that's slowing down release of the Angela Giron results. 

——- UPDATED POST, 8:16 P.M. ——-

Independent reporter J. Adrian Stanley, who's at the Mining Exchange hotel with local Democrats, says very early results from Pueblo show Sen. Angela Giron in good shape, with 69 percent of voters defending her against recall. The Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder's Office, however, has not yet posted those numbers.

——- ORIGINAL POST, 8:06 P.M. ——-

Senate President John Morse, the first Democrat to represent El Paso County in the state Senate since 1974, will need a late comeback if he wants to retain his seat in Colorado's first-ever legislative recall election.
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In results stamped 7:02 p.m., but released closer to 7:30, the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder's Office reports that 52.18 percent of voters have voted in favor of Morse being recalled from Senate District 11 in central El Paso County. The raw numbers: 12,937 votes cast, with 6,751 for Morse's recall, and 6,186 against. 

Only 7,779 ballots include a vote for Morse's replacement, and 6,601 of those votes (84.86 percent) are for Republican Bernie Herpin, meaning he'd be in line to take over for the 2014 legislative session.

It's worth noting that Republicans enjoyed a relatively strong turnout in the election's first days, and that Democrats, according to the Denver Post, started to make up some ground toward the end. So votes counted later tonight perhaps could tip the Democrats' way, but to what extent is currently a mystery. As of this post, 15.41 percent of eligible voters have had their votes counted.

We'll refresh these numbers as we receive updates. We'll also report on the fate of Morse's Democratic colleague, Sen. Angela Giron, who is facing a recall effort of her own in Pueblo County; as of this writing, no results have been released. Like Morse, Giron voted for gun-control measures in the 2013 legislative session, courting the outrage of some Second Amendment absolutists.

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