With 95 percent of the precincts counted, 9News had Evergreen businessman Dan Maes leading former congressman Scott McInnis in the GOP gubernatorial primary by a 51-49 percent margin at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Maes was up by just over 5,000 votes, with 195,815 to 190,495 for McInnis.
The Denver Post was reporting Maes was claiming victory and urging American Constitution Party candidate and former congressman Tom Tancredo to get out of the race. McInnis was still holding out hope for a victory.
Tancredo got into the race because he thought neither Maes nor McInnis had a realistic shot at taking out Democrat John Hickenlooper in November – mostly because of blunders ranging from campaign finance violations for Maes to a plagiarism scandal for McInnis.
Earlier in the evening, Maes spokesman Nate Strauch told the Colorado Independent late results from conservative strongholds like Weld and El Paso counties would prove the decisive factor.