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Folks across Southern Colorado and the country voted Tuesday, bringing an end to a long and bitter midterm battle.
Out of more than 150,000 mailed out ballots in El Paso County, 110,000 mail-in ballots were returned, which is an increase in the amount of mail-in voters. El Paso County Clerk and Recorder says early voting numbers actually decreased this year. A total of about 189,004 total voters have been cast in El Paso County.
One Broadmoor area polling location hit a snag when a voting judge forgot to bring the registration book. When voters showed up, they were unable to see if they were registered. The voters were offered a provisional ballot if they didn't want to wait.
In addition to human error, there were technological difficulties on Tuesday night. The state voter registration database went down around 7 p.m., adding to the already existing delay in ballot counting for El Paso County. The county did not send out their initial numbers until nearly 10 p.m.
In the state races, Ken Buck lost to incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet on Tuesday night by one percentage point, 48 to 47 percent. Wednesday Buck conceded to Bennet, sending out this statement:
Buck said that while the final margin in the race is very small, Colorado voters have spoken and he wishes Senator Bennet well.
Buck said, “My Senate campaign has been the experience of a lifetime. I will be forever grateful to the thousands of Coloradans who helped make this grassroots journey possible.”
With 97 percent of the vote in for the governor's race, John Hickenlooper has taken the victory with 51 percent of the vote, over the American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo's 37 percent and Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes 11 percent of the vote.
Nationally, Republicans took control of the House, but Democrats have retained control over Senate.