Two candidates vying for the newly-redrawn Congressional District 6 seat and their supporters waited anxiously for a final decision even after the …
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Two candidates vying for the newly-redrawn Congressional District 6 seat and their supporters waited anxiously for a final decision even after the second election printout was delivered Tuesday night.
As of press time, neither Democratic candidate Joe Miklosi nor Republican candidate Mike Coffman conceded or called themselves the clear winner in a race that has garnered national attention.
Instead, both campaigns were waiting for all of the votes to be counted.
“We're still watching as they count the votes,” Miklosi's campaign spokesman Ryan Hobart said in an interview at around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. “It's a very close race. There's tens of thousands of votes outstanding and we're keeping a close eye on it.”
In the case of both Adams and Arapahoe Counties, the unofficial victories between the two candidates hinged on less than 2,500 votes.
A second printout released by Adams County at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday showed Coffman edging out a slight lead with a total of 13,508 votes, compared to the 12,443 voters garnered by Miklosi.
The second printout released by Arapahoe County at 1:06 a.m. Wednesday indicated that Miklosi eked out a slight victory over Coffman by a difference of only 2,228 votes. In all, Miklosi acquired a total of 103,724 votes in Arapahoe County, while Coffman accumulated 101, 496 votes.
“We always expected it would be a very close race,” Hobart said. “We expected we would be here late tonight, and we're going to continue to watch it as they count the votes. There were people in Arapahoe County today who were standing in line for two or three hours at a time to make sure they voted, so there's a high turnout and there's a lot of votes that they're still sorting through and counting.”
Phone calls and e-mails to Coffman's spokesman Owen Loftus were not returned before press time.
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