Republican Robert Ramirez has been declared the winner of the last remaining state House race in Colorado, ending a challenge by Democrats that could have put them back in control.
Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson said Thursday that Ramirez beat incumbent Democrat Debbie Benefield by 197 votes following a recount. Ramirez won 12,738 to 12,541.
That's three times as many as would be required to trigger a mandatory recount under state law.
After Election Day, Republicans claimed they had taken control of the House by just one seat, overturning six years of Democratic majorities.