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Grand County voters tilting toward Newberry, Romney in early tallies

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS, 7:50 p.m. - Grand County Commissioner District 1 incumbent James Newberry is ahead of challenger Chas McConnell in absentee and early voting results, with fewer than half of the Election Day ballots counted.

Democratic incumbent Newberry shows a lead over McConnell by 198 votes, or 51.73 percent for Newberry versus 48.27 percent for McConnell (2,956 votes to 2,758 votes).

In the commissioner District 2 race, Republican candidate Merrit Linke is holding a substantial lead over Democratic candidate Robb Rankin by 1,062 votes, 59.42 percent to 40.58 percent.

Grand County voters so far are in favor of legalizing marijuana, with 56.4 percent of ballots counted having yes votes to 43.6 percent no votes. The question, if approved by voters statewide, would permit people 21 years and older to consume or possess limited amounts of marijuana and would permit local governments to regulate or prohibit facilities such as retail stores.

As of 8:30, both the Denver Post and 9News showed the amendment winning statewide by about 53-46 percent.

On Amendment S concerning the state's personnel system, Grand County voters counted thus far have come out in favor, with 2,773 yes votes to 2,498 no votes, or 52.61 percent to 47.39 percent.

And on question 65, about support of a federal constitutional amendment limiting campaign contributions, of Grand County voters counted at this juncture, there is overwhelming support with 73.03 percent in favor (4,072 votes) to 26.97 against (1,504 votes).

As many as 5,959 Grand County voters have been counted so far, with eight of 14 precincts reporting.

National races

More Grand County voters counted so far have selected Mitt Romney for president, 52.49 percent to 45.05 percent for Barack Obama (3,083 to 2,646 votes).

In the U.S. Congressional District 2 race, Grand County voters are leaning toward Republican Kevin Lundberg for U.S. representative over Democratic incumbent Jared Polis, 52.21 percent to 42,84 percent (2,908 votes to 2,386).

Districtwide, 9News has called the District 2 race for Polis as of 8:30 p.m.

In the state Senate race, Republican Randy Baumgardner is carrying a healthy lead in Grand County to Democratic candidate Emily Tracy, 53.97 percent to 42.23 percent, or 3,040 votes to 2,379. With 22 percent of precincts reporting at about 8:30, 9News showed Tracy with a 50-47 percent lead over Baumgardner.

And for state representative, Republican candidate Adam Ochs is leading against Democrat Claire Levy, 52.7 percent to 43.29 percent (2,894 to 2,377 votes).

With 22 percent of precincts reporting at about 8:30, 9News showed Tracy with a 50-47 percent lead over Baumgardner.

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The Sky-Hi News Updated Nov 6, 2012 10:58PM Published Nov 6, 2012 10:51PM Copyright 2012 The Sky-Hi News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.