Democrats leading the way in state senate and House races in Jeffco

Colorado legislature to be a bit more blue in the west metro delegation


It was a ballot packed with amendments, special questions, a governor race and house and state senate races, but now election results are beginning to trickle in. Republicans may not be celebrating when they see results, but Democrats are certain to have a smile on their faces.

It was a big night for the Democrat Party as it gained more seats in the State Senate seats. The State Senate District 20 seat will be controlled by Democrat Jessie Danielson as she has received 53.7 percent of the votes, while her opponent, Republican Christine Jensen, has received 43.33. Jensen says she called Danielson to congratulate her on her victory for the open seat. SD-20 had been held by Cheri Jahn, who was elected as a Democrat, but declared herself an independent in December of 2017.

"I think that we're all still doing a lot of analysis and trying to determine where the voters came from, because the polling we had gave us a completely different indication," Jensen said on her race. "We got a lot that we need to understand,  and we'll be doing that in the coming days. " 

For the State Senate District 22 race, Democrat incumbent Brittany Pettersen comfortably won reelection with 57.58 percent of the votes to Tony Sanchez’s 42.42 percent. In District 16, Democrat Tammy Story has a 9 percent lead over incumbent Republican Tim Neville, with 55 percent of the vote as of the 9:23 p.m. update on the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder's election results page.

Democrats also had success in House Districts 23, 24, 28 and 29. In HD-23, Democrat incumbent Chris Kennedy has earned 62.3 percent of the vote, while Republican Joan Poston has tallied 37.7 percent. Democrat Monica Duran lead Republican Arthur Erwin, 62.84 percent to 37.16 percent in District 24, while Democrats Kerry Tipper lead Republican Kristina Joy Alley 58.26 percent to 38.6 percent in District 28. Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D) also has a  20 point lead over Republican Grady Nouis in District 29.

The most rivetting results have come from District 27 where Republican Vicki Pyne had a 200-vote lead in early returns against Democrat Brianna Titone. However, later ballots helped the race tighten to the point where, on Nov. 7, the lead officially changed hands. As of noon on Nov. 8, Titone holds a 12 vote lead.

The House District 27 seat was open due to Republican incumbent Lang Sias running as Vice Governor on the Walker Stapleton ticket.


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