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November 3, 2010 by USA Post 

Denver Post, Appointed U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett will be elected to the U.S. Senate after pulling ahead of rival Ken Buck this morning.

Returned early today from Denver and Boulder last Bennet Buck moved up front, 47.5 percent to 47.1 percent.

A recount would be necessary if the difference between total votes of the two candidates is less than half of 1 percent of the total number of votes, or about 3,900 votes on the basis of actual counts.

Bennet leads by about 7,000 votes with about 30,000 yet to be counted in Boulder County.

Early in the morning telling also added clarity to a state Senate race in Colorado Springs, but the count is likely to decide whether medical marijuana businesses get the start of the unincorporated areas of El Paso.

local voters helped Senate candidate Ken Buck GOP win the slimmest of leads over Democratic incumbent Michael Bennett for a while. At 5:30 am, Buck was the celebration in 5568-a vote of carrying out of 1.54 million votes cast statewide. But by 6:30 am, the vote had been inclined to Bennet, with about 87 percent of the votes in the state account. Bennet had 774,410 votes to 767,470 Buck at 6:50 am

In the District 11 state Senate races in Colorado Springs, the current Democratic state Sen. John Morse held a 252-vote lead out of 26,600 votes cast. Lead, while close, it seems to Morse above the margin of victory would lead to an automatic recount, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

Ban county medical marijuana business, however, appears headed for a recount. In that contest, residents rely on the prohibition of this morning, but only by a narrow margin. Ban opponents held a lead of 331 votes of 181 600 votes counted.

In Peyton, two school bond measures are intended to have all precincts reporting. A measure to pay for construction of the school was failing by 10 votes out of 1,566 cast. A measure to pay for remodeling projects of the school in a rural school district Peyton passed by five votes out of 1,573 cast.

Keeping things close was an issue for voters in the County of El Paso this year. increased Buck dawn was driven by a strong presence in the County of El Paso. Here, Buck won 60 percent of the vote. Bennet, however, had a 34 per cent.

Statewide, voters sent Democratic Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to the governor’s mansion and dumped a trio of government-shrinking ballot measures.

Republican state House took a seat in the County of El Paso, But Democrats have maintained their positions in two other races of the General Assembly.

The late count in the county of wine because the scores of last-minute voters hit the polls and a voter registration team in the state closed at 7 pm Election officials are also waiting on the results of four polling stations in El Paso County.

“A lot of people voting, that’s all,” said County Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink. “It was a great participation, you have to be happy with that.”

Local Republicans hoped to ride the Republican wave that began in the East Coast to claim the U.S. Senate seat, the state House majority and a lot of El Paso County offices.

Democrats were jubilant at winning the race for governor and beat a trio of government-shrinking ballot measures.

Voters backed a change in government in the city of Colorado Springs to give the mayor’s broad executive powers. Passed with 59 percent in unofficial results.

In a state House race, Republican Mark Barker was leader of Colorado Springs Democratic state Rep. Dennis Apuan.

The current state of Colorado Springs House Republican Mark Waller, Bob Gardner and Larry Liston were cruising to reelection.

Democrats seemed to hold a House seat on the west side of Colorado Springs as Pete Lee led the race with 54 percent of the vote over Republican Karen Cullen.

local voter turnout was the highest in years for a non-presidential election. In its latest report, the county election department had received 193,000 votes against 170,000 in the 2006 elections. About 53 percent of county voters have cast their ballots.

While Hickenlooper took 53 percent of the vote statewide, a third party rival Tom Tancredo won the hearts here with the 41 percent of the votes in El Paso County at 37 percent Hickenlooper. Dan Maes, Republican gubernatorial candidate, won 18 percent of the votes in El Paso County.

Maes conceded defeat at 10 pm, but his relatively strong showing in the El Paso County Republican Party helped to save face. Since the Republican candidate for governor ended in double figures with 11 percent, Republicans will not be relegated to “minor party” status of state law the campaign.

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