The two closest races this year at the state level were House District 27 and the C.U. Regent At Large race. Neither race, however, will be the subject of an automatic recount. So, absent a request for a recount from a candidate, the 2006 midterm elections for state races is over today.Colorado law provides that a recount shall be held “if the difference between the highest number of votes cast in that election contest and the next highest number of votes cast in that election contest is less than or equal to one-half of one pecent of the highest vote cast in that election contest. A recount shall occur only after the canvass board certifies the original vote count.” Section 1-10.5-101, Colorado Revised Statutes.
Recounts can also be requested by interested parties at their expense.
The final tally in the C.U. Regent At Large race was:
* Stephen C. Ludwig (DEM) 637160 44.66 %
* Brian Davidson (REP) 631344 44.26 %
* Daniel “Jeffersonian” Ong (LIB) 49134 3.44 %
* Douglas “Dayhorse” Campbell (ACP) 56060 3.93 %
* Marcus C. McCarty (UNA) 52903 3.71 %
In this case a recount was required in the C.U. Regent At Large race if there was a winning margin of less than 3,186 votes. The winning margin was 6,616 votes, so no recount was required.
The final tally in the House District 27 race was:
* Sara Gagliardi (DEM) 13319 50.21 %
* Bill Crane (REP) 13208 49.79 %
In this case a recount was required in the House District 27 race if the margin of victory was less than 67 votes. The winning margin was 111 votes, so no recount was required.