Colorado GOP Retains Control of State House

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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