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Republican Lauri Clapp conceded to Democrat Linda Newell Thursday morning after the final tally showed Newell with a 191-vote lead in the contest to represent state Senate District 36. The vote heads to an automatic recount because the margin falls within a statutory whisker — Newell leads by 0.36 percent out of more than 60,000 votes cast — but Clapp embraced the inevitable in a statement released by the Colorado Republican Party.
The long ballot count in the Senate District 26 race could be at an end, as a final count Tuesday night put Democrat Linda Newell 191 votes ahead of Republican Lauri Clapp, the Rocky Mountain News reported Wednesday afternoon. An automatic recount could commence as soon as Thursday, but a Republican official said it's unlikely to change the results and suggested Clapp would concede to Newell "in the next day or so."
The Democratic state House candidate from Brighton who withdrew his concession the day after the election — citing uncounted provisional ballots — said he was hopeful but also expected "the worst" on Wednesday as election officials began sorting through the uncounted ballots.
Voters in Arapahoe County may have to wait until the end of the month to find out who their state senator is, as officials in their suburban district south of Denver scramble to tally and confirm mail-in election results in a tight race between Republican Lauri Clapp and Democrat Linda Newell.
Democrat Linda Newell, running for public office for the first time in the historically Republican Senate District 26 in the southern suburbs of Denver, declared victory in the early morning hours today by a margin of 106 votes.
Could countless hours of field work — canvassing door-to-door and making phone calls — be the key to winning a contested Senate seat that had been characterized by Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien as a “slam dunk” for Republicans?
A state Senate district in the southern suburbs of Denver wasn't supposed to be so competitive, but with a strong presidential candidate leading in Colorado, a surge in voter registrations and months of field organizing, Democratic candidate Linda Newell could very well pull off a surprising upset over Republican challenger Lauri Clapp in a contested race that could spell more trouble for Republicans in the West.
Democratic state Senate candidate Linda Newell has surpassed Republican opponent Lauri Clapp in fundraising dollars, recent state campaign finance reports show. The news is just one indication that traditionally Republican suburban district south of Denver could be one of the top competitive races to watch on Election Day. The news is just one indication that traditionally Republican suburban district south of Denver could be one of the top competitive races to watch on Election Day.
Throughout the month, Republican state Senate hopeful Lauri Clapp, who is running in a suburban district south of Denver, has been notably absent at numerous public forums attended by both Democrats and Republicans and has not returned requests seeking to clarify her legislative positions, according to advocacy groups in the area.
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