Romer and Hancock head to the homestretch

Chris Romer coasted to first in Tuesday’s Denver mayor race, garnering about 30 percent of the vote. Michael Hancock and James Mejia were neck and neck much of the night, with Hancock pulling away late on the way to 27 percent of the vote to Mejia’s 25 percent.

The general election will be June 7.

Hancock supporters said the ground game may have made the difference. Former Colorado Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll, who emceed Hancock’s party, said Hancock volunteers had knocked on 28,000 doors in the 72 hours leading to the election.

Doug Linkhart, who came in a distant fourth, said he was surprised he hadn’t done better. “It was a self-fulfilling prophecy,” he told the Colorado Independent. “The press said all along there were three candidates, and they covered three candidates, and those three candidates are the ones getting the votes,” he said.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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