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The Latest: Democrat Jena Griswold wins secretary of state

November 7, 2018
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People check election results on their electronic devices, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at the Eagle County Democratic Party watch party, at Old Edwards Tavern in Edwards, Colo. (Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily via AP)

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on Colorado’s election (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

Democrat Jena Griswold has defeated Republican incumbent Wayne Williams in Colorado’s secretary of state race.

Griswold is a voting rights attorney and first-time candidate. Williams was seeking a second term in Tuesday’s election.

Griswold criticized Williams for giving a short-lived presidential commission on voter fraud access to Colorado’s voter database. Williams said anyone could have the data because it’s public record.

Williams’ office was lauded for enacting one of the nation’s strictest election security protocols and making Colorado elections and campaign information accessible to the public.

The office also oversees business and charity registrations and licensing, among other matters.

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9:35 p.m.

Colorado voters have rejected a proposal that would have tightly restricted where new oil and gas wells could be drilled statewide.

Proposition 112 would have required that new wells be at least 2,500 feet (750 meters) from occupied buildings and “vulnerable areas” such as parks, creeks and irrigation canals. It also would have allowed local governments to require even bigger buffer zones.

Groups backed by the energy industry pointed to a state analysis that determined the measure would make 85 percent of non-federal land in Colorado off-limits to drilling.

Supporters of the measure say the stricter rules will better protect people and the environment.

The state currently requires wells be 500 feet (150 meters) from homes and 1,000 feet (300 meters) from schools.

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8:50 p.m.

Colorado voters have rejected a proposal to raise income tax rates to fund public education.

Amendment 73 would have increased the state individual income tax rate for people who earn more than $150,000 a year and boosted the corporate income tax rate to raise an additional $1.6 billion annually for schools.

The proposal was defeated Tuesday in a state that has typically been averse to raising taxes. Voters rejected similar measures in 2011 and 2013 by a 2-to-1 margin.

Opponents argued the measure would be bad for the economy and would not guarantee better academic performance. They also said the Legislature would not have been able to adjust tax thresholds to account for inflation.

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8:40 p.m.

Colorado Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette has won re-election to her 12th congressional term.

DeGette defeated Republican businessman Casper Stockholm on Tuesday in Colorado’s liberal 1st Congressional District, centered in Denver.

DeGette was first elected to Congress in 1996. She previously was a state lawmaker.

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8:35 p.m.

Democrat Joe Neguse has won the Colorado congressional seat being vacated by Democrat Jared Polis as he runs for governor.

Neguse on Tuesday defeated Republican Peter Yu in the 2nd Congressional District that includes Boulder, Fort Collins and parts of north-central Colorado.

Neguse becomes Colorado’s first African-American member of Congress. He is the son of immigrants from the African country of Eritrea.

Neguse is an attorney, co-founder of a voter registration group and a former regent of the University of Colorado.

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8:35 p.m.

Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton has been re-elected to Congress.

Tipton defeated Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush on Tuesday to win his fifth term.

Tipton has previously survived Democratic challenges in a district that used to vote Democratic but is increasingly Republican. The 3rd Congressional District extends from Pueblo to the western slope.

Bush argued that Tipton was influenced to energy interests. Tipton argued that Mitsch Bush would kill rural jobs with her environmental proposals, and he tied her to national Democrats.

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8:25 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has defeated Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton in the Colorado governor’s race.

Polis’ victory Tuesday keeps the governor’s seat in Democratic hands. The 43-year-old Polis will succeed the term-limited John Hickenlooper to become Colorado’s first openly gay governor.

Polis is a five-term congressman and technology entrepreneur who promised to fight for universal health care, renewable energy standards and publicly funded preschool and kindergarten. He vowed to stand up to President Donald Trump’s efforts to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Stapleton is a two-term state treasurer who campaigned on defending Colorado’s constitutional restrictions on taxing and spending. The 44-year-old Stapleton insisted Polis’ ideas for funding K-12 education, roads and energy would bankrupt the state.

Colorado has not had a Republican governor since 2007.

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8:20 p.m.

First-time Democratic candidate Jason Crow has defeated five-term Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in a suburban Denver district.

Crow is a former U.S. Army Ranger who was national Democrats’ choice to take on Coffman. He won Tuesday after outspending the incumbent, who lost TV ad spending from the national Republican Party in the campaign’s final weeks.

Coffman is an Army and Marine veteran who until Tuesday had repeatedly won in a district that has increasingly turned Democratic. He faced his toughest challenge yet against Crow.

The Democrat sought to wed Coffman to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. He also criticized the Republican’s pro-gun stance in a district that saw the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting.

Coffman represented Colorado’s 6th Congressional District since 2009 and served twice in Iraq.

Crow served in Iran and Afghanistan.

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7:50 p.m.

Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck has been re-elected to Congress.

Buck defeated Democrat Chase Kohne, a veterinarian, on Tuesday in the 4th Congressional District.

Buck will serve a third term in a strongly Republican district that stretches from northern parts of the state across the eastern Plains and into suburban Douglas County.

He is a former Weld County district attorney who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2010. Buck was first elected to the House in 2014.

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7:40 p.m.

Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn has been re-elected to Congress.

Lamborn defeated Democrat Stephany Rose Spaulding on Tuesday to win a seventh term. His 5th Congressional District is centered in Colorado Springs and is heavily Republican.

Lamborn’s political career almost ended in April when the Colorado Supreme Court ruled he couldn’t appear on the Republican primary ballot for technical reasons.

A federal judge quickly allowed Lamborn back on the ballot, and he won the GOP primary.

Spaulding is an associate professor of women’s and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and senior pastor at the city’s Ebenezer Baptist Church.

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7:25 p.m.

Colorado Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter has won a seventh term in Congress.

Perlmutter defeated Republican Mark Barrington on Tuesday in the 7th Congressional District that encompasses Denver’s western and northern suburbs.

Last year, Perlmutter entered Colorado’s Democratic race for governor, saying he could do more for the state in the governor’s seat than in Washington.

He abandoned that bid after fellow Rep. Jared Polis entered the race. Polis is independently wealthy and self-financed his campaign against Republican Walker Stapleton.

Perlmutter initially said it’d be unfair to run for re-election to Congress since three other Democratic politicians were already competing for his seat. He later reversed himself

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7 p.m.

Polls have closed in Colorado.

Voters had until 7 p.m. to deliver their ballots to county voter centers.

For anyone still in line, their votes will be counted.

Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks reports long lines with wait times of over 90 minutes at the city’s Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office says more than 2.13 million people had voted by 5 p.m.

That number surpasses the more than 2.05 million who voted in the last midterm election in 2014.

Nearly 2.9 million Coloradans cast ballots in 2016, a presidential year.

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6:20 p.m.

More than 2.13 million Coloradans have voted in Tuesday’s election, surpassing state turnout in the last midterm election in 2014.

The Secretary of State’s Office says Democrats held a very slight advantage over Republicans as of 5 p.m.

More than 709,000 Democrats and 700,000 Republicans had voted.

So, too, did more than 693,000 unaffiliated voters.

More than 2.05 million Coloradans voted in the 2014 midterms.

Nearly 2.9 million cast ballots in 2016, a presidential year.

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3:55 p.m.

More than 2 million Coloradans have cast ballots so far in Tuesday’s election.

That’s the latest turnout report from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Registered Democrats led Republicans and independents in returned ballots with just hours to go before polls close at 7 p.m.

More than 689,000 Democrats have voted, compared to nearly 680,000 Republicans and nearly 666,000 unaffiliated voters.

Nearly 1.1 million women have voted, compared to nearly 982,000 men.

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3:30 p.m.

Bruce Holamon, a 53-year-old from Greeley, says he had his neighbors in mind when he voted against a proposal to restrict energy drilling.

Holamon said after voting in Greeley on Tuesday that he’s worried Proposition 112 will hurt jobs and tax revenue in Weld County and elsewhere in Colorado.

He says: “I’d guess a quarter of our neighborhood works in the industry and it was a big concern for them.”

Holamon doesn’t work in oil or gas. But he notes that his college-age kids have benefited. They’ve received Bright Futures scholarships that are funded by taxpayers, including energy firms.

Holamon says he usually votes for Republican candidates and happily backed Walker Stapleton for governor. He says he’s concerned taxes would go up if Democrat Jared Polis is elected.

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3 p.m.

Carly Everett admits she’s “really nervous” about an election she says is less about politicians and more about decency and civility.

The 24-year-old from the Denver suburb of Littleton spoke after casting her vote at Red Rocks Baptist Church in Morrison on Tuesday.

Everett says: “I want love to win again over hate, but that’s not why I voted mostly Democrat. It’s about Donald Trump, and a lot of bad things going on right now are about him.”

Everett, an independent voter, says she’s disgusted by Trump’s antipathy toward migrants and his race rhetoric.

But she’s nervous about Tuesday’s election.

Says Everett: “I’m hoping I wake up tomorrow to some good news.”

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2:40 p.m.

Denver police are investigating after someone left burning campaign literature on the doorstep of a leading proponent of a ballot measure to remove a reference to slavery in the Colorado Constitution.

Jumoke (Jah-moh-KEE’) Emery says his wife smelled smoke and found a pile of pro-Amendment A door hanger literature smoldering on their front porch Monday.

Police said Tuesday that detectives who specialize in bias-related crimes are investigating.

Mirroring the language of the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Colorado’s Constitution currently allows slavery or involuntary servitude as a punishment for a crime.

Amendment A would get rid of that exception. It’s an archaic reference to slavery contained in a constitution that was adopted before Colorado became a state in 1876.

Emery, who is black, says it’s as if someone burned a cross on his front lawn.

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12:30 p.m.

Some Colorado voters are using their lunch breaks to turn in their ballots on the final day of the midterm elections.

Voters walked, drove and biked to ballot drop off places around the state Tuesday while others waited to cast ballots in person.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office says nearly half of voters have cast ballots so far in this year’s midterm elections.

Democrats held the lead in voter turnout as of midmorning but Republicans have narrowed the gap.

Colorado voters are roughly divided among the Democratic, Republican and unaffiliated categories. Unaffiliated voters are the largest group with about 1.3 million people.

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10 a.m.

Democrats are leading turnout so far in Colorado’s midterm elections.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office says 625,650 Democrats had returned their ballots, 6,728 more than Republicans, as of overnight Tuesday. There were also 584,560 unaffiliated voters who had voted by then.

Colorado Republican Party chairman Jeff Hays issued a call Tuesday to members of his party to vote or risk surrendering Colorado to what he called “the most radical Democrats” ever put forward by their party.

Women of all parties hold the edge in voter turnout so far in Colorado. The age block with the biggest turnout for both men and women is people between 41 and 60.

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8:45 a.m.

Colorado voters are deciding races for governor and seven U.S. House seats as well as 13 statewide ballot questions in this year’s midterm election.

One statewide measure would severely restrict where new oil and gas wells can be drilled. Another would raise income tax rates to fund public education. Two competing measures address transportation.

Voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to bring their ballots to a drop-off box or a voting center. They can also vote in person at a voting center but must provide identification.

It’s too late to return ballots by mail.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office says 47 percent of the state’s nearly 4 million voters had already voted as of Tuesday morning.

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7:40 a.m.

It’s the final day for Colorado voters to cast their ballots in this year’s election.

Voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to bring their ballots to a drop-off box or a voting center. They can also vote in person at a voting center but must provide identification.

It’s too late to return ballots by mail.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office says 45 percent of the state’s nearly 4 million voters had already voted as of Monday night.

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