HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS- Grand County Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene signed off on an unofficial tally of votes in the primary election around 10 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, Aug. 10.
Across the board, Republican incumbents held favor among local voters over their challengers, and many of tonight's winners will run unopposed in the November election. However, County Commissioner Gary Bumgarner will run against Democratic challenger Bob McVay in November. Bumgarner faced stiff competition in the Republican primary from George Davis, beating him by fewer than 140 votes. McVay won the Democratic primary over Peter Ralph by 60 votes.
Grand County Sheriff incumbent Rod Johnson, who with 89 percent of the votes beat out Republican write-in candidate Steve Holland, will face unaffiliated candidate Sheila Kesler in the November general election.
In the statewide election, Grand County voters picked Republican Candidate Dan Maes over Scott McInnis by a 2-percent margin. Elsewhere in the state, that race remains too close to call.
Grand County Democrats backed U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, who declared victory over challenger Andrew Romanoff earlier this evening.
Local Republicans, likewise, backed the victorious Ken Buck, who beat out Jane Norton for the right to challenge Bennet in November.
Rosene and a crew of about a dozen election day volunteers completed the daunting task of counting Grand County's 3,464 votes and verifying signatures in less than three hours.
Fewer than 20 provisional ballots remain to be counted in Grand County, Rosene said. Typically problems with mail-in ballots are caused by issues with the signatures. Fifteen Republican ballots and four Democratic ballots will need to be verified before they can be counted.
County Commissioner - Republican Primary
Gary Bumgarner 1,201 53%
George Davis 1,063 47%
County Commissioner - Democratic Primary
Bob McVay 431 54%
Peter Ralph 371 43%
County Treasurer - Republican Primary
Christina Whitmer 1,271 55%
Brenda Morrow 1,026 45%
County Assessor - Republican Primary
Tom Weydert 1,243 57%
Brian Reynolds 951 43%
County Sheriff - Republican Primary
Rod Johnson 1,853 89%
Steve Holland (Write in) 235 11%
U.S. States Senator - Republican Primary
Ken Buck 1,276 56%
Jane Norton 1,004 44%
U.S. States Senator - Democratic Primary
Andrew Romanoff 449 45%
Michael Bennet 544 55%
U.S. States Senator - Libertarian Primary
Mac Stringer 6 60%
John Finger 4 40%
U.S. Congress District 2 Representative - Republican Primary
Stephen Bailey 1,163 68%
Bob Brancato 553 31%
Governor - Republican Primary
Dan Maes 1,134 51%
Scott McInnis 1,073 49%
Governor - Libertarian Primary
Kilo Sallis 3 30%
Jaimes Brown 7 70%
State Treasurer - Republican Primary
J.J. Ament 853 47%
Walker Stapleton 953 53%