As ballot counts continue: Democrat Bob Marshall holds steady lead in HD43

Republican Kurt Huffman losing in Douglas County race

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Two days after the 2022 midterms Democrat Bob Marshall maintains his lead in the race for Colorado House  District 43 against incumbent Republican Kurt Huffman.

As of 5:09 p.m. Nov. 10, Marshall, who declared victory on election night, has 50.6% of the vote to Huffman's 49.4%. On Nov. 10, Douglas County told Colorado Community Media there are around 2,900 ballots left to be processed, though its unclear how many of those voters are in HD43, which covers Highlands Ranch.

In a statement posted the morning of Nov. 9 on Facebook, Huffman said the race was too close to call. The Huffman campaign reiterated that message on Nov. 10 in a statement sent to Colorado Community Media. 

“We are closely monitoring incoming numbers from the clerk’s office," Holly Horn, campaign general consultant, said. "To say this race is anything but too close to call would be premature.”

Meanwhile, Marshall celebrated his win on election night when initial results showed him in the lead.

Speaking to Colorado Community Media on election night, Marshall said he was elated but wasn't surprised by the results.

"I was making headway any time I talked to someone," Marshall said. "I was meshing very well with the community."

Marshall ran on a campaign of supporting public safety, public education and environment, as well as being a pro-choice candidate and a supporter of gun control. 

Huffman's campaign focused on opposing state mandates, addressing crime and supporting school choice. Huffman also opposes a majority of gun control legislation, with the exception of background check requirements, and considers himself pro-life. 

Huffman was appointed to the House District 43 seat in June when former Rep. Kevin Van Winkle, Republican, was appointed to the open Senate District 30 seat following Sen. Chris Holbert's retirement in May. 

Douglas County spokesperson Wendy Holmes said the county will submit the final count and report the complete results to the Colorado Secretary of State's Office no later than nine days after the election. Results are then certified 22 days after the election.

Colorado law requires a recount if there is a less than 0.5% difference between candidate's votes.

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