Obama wins state but not even close in county: Few surprises in local election results

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Just because Barack Obama was reelected to a second term, taking Colorado for a second time in the process, that doesn't mean he won in Teller County. A close election nationwide wasn't even close in the county. Even when the earliest returns were in, Mitt Romney was winning in Teller County by almost two to one.

All election results across the state are unofficial until all outstanding votes are counted but on Nov. 6, there were few surprises for a county that has consistently sided with the GOP for decades. When the final unofficial results were in at 11:57 p.m., Romney had 7,909 votes to Obama's 3,894. Of course, by that time Colorado had given the election and its nine electoral votes to Obama.

Congressional Rep. Doug Lamborn, (R-Dist. 5) handily won reelection. In Teller County he received 7,802 votes, outgunning his closest rival Dave Anderson (Unaffiliated) by more than 6,000 votes. GOP candidate Polly Lawrence won the State House District 39 seat, beating Democratic candidate Carla Turner by a vote of 7,286 to 3,303 in the county. Libertarian Donna Price came in a distant third with 734 votes.

All sitting judges kept their seats. Brian Davidson was elected to the University of Colorado Regents at large seat, defeating incumbent regent Democrat Stephen Ludwig. University Regent for District 5 Kyle Hybl was reelected. Hybl is well known locally as vice president and general counsel for the El Pomar Foundation.

Northeast Teller County Fire Protection District won its bid for more money. Its mill levy increase was approved by fire district voters 4,282 to 2022. In western El Paso County County Commissioner District 3, Sallie Clark beat Democrat John Morris 34,001 to 25,223.

There were a few surprises, however. One was the voter approval of Amendment 64, which legalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Early returns showed it losing in Teller County but the final count showed the constitutional amendment squeaking by 6,140 to 5,769. The amendment is also expected to win voter approval statewide but that determination was made with only half of the state's 64 counties fully reported.

Another surprise for many was the strong approval of Amendment 65, which limits campaign finances from corporations. This one was approved by Teller County voters 8,266 to 3,176.

At the end of the day, according to election consultant Al Davidson, the county still had slightly less than 100 provisional ballots to verify. These must be counted by Nov. 14. The final county canvass, which determines the official county election results, will take place on Nov. 16. Of the county's 19,945 registered voters, 12,234 ballots were cast for a turnout of 61.34 percent.