The Latest: Colorado GOP Rep. Lamborn re-elected to Congress

Published 11-07-2018

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DENVER (AP) - The Latest on Colorado's election (all times local):

7:40 p.m.

Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn has been re-elected to Congress.

Lamborn defeated Democrat Stephany Rose Spaulding on Tuesday to win a seventh term. His 5th Congressional District is centered in Colorado Springs and is heavily Republican.

Lamborn's political career almost ended in April when the Colorado Supreme Court ruled he couldn't appear on the Republican primary ballot for technical reasons.

A federal judge quickly allowed Lamborn back on the ballot, and he won the GOP primary.

Spaulding is an associate professor of women's and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and senior pastor at the city's Ebenezer Baptist Church.

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7:25 p.m.

Colorado Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter has won a seventh term in Congress.

Perlmutter defeated Republican Mark Barrington on Tuesday

Spaulding is an associate professor of women's and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and senior pastor at the city's Ebenezer Baptist Church.

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7:25 p.m.

Colorado Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter has won a seventh term in Congress.

Perlmutter defeated Republican Mark Barrington on Tuesday in the 7th Congressional District that encompasses Denver's western and northern suburbs.

Last year, Perlmutter entered Colorado's Democratic race for governor, saying he could do more for the state in the governor's seat than in Washington.

He abandoned that bid after fellow Rep. Jared Polis entered the race. Polis is independently wealthy and self-financed his campaign against Republican Walker Stapleton.

Perlmutter initially

7:25 p.m.

Colorado Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter has won a seventh term in Congress.

Perlmutter defeated Republican Mark Barrington on Tuesday in the 7th Congressional District that encompasses Denver's western and northern suburbs.

Last year, Perlmutter entered Colorado's Democratic race for governor, saying he could do more for the state in the governor's seat than in Washington.

He abandoned that bid after fellow Rep. Jared Polis entered the race. Polis is independently wealthy and self-financed his campaign against Republican Walker Stapleton.

Perlmutter initially said it'd be unfair to run for re-election to Congress since three other Democratic politicians were already competing for his seat. He later reversed himself

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7 p.m.

Polls have closed in Colorado.

Voters had until 7 p.m. to deliver their ballots to county voter centers.

For anyone still in line, their votes will be counted.

Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks reports long lines with wait times of over 90 minutes at the city's Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library.

The Colorado Secretary of State's Office says more than 2.13 million people had voted by 5 p.m.

That number surpasses the more than 2.05 million who voted in the last midterm election in 2014.

Nearly 2.9 million Coloradans cast ballots in 2016, a presidential year.

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6:20 p.m.

More than 2.13 million Coloradans have voted in Tuesday's election, surpassing state turnout in the last midterm election in 2014.

The Secretary of State's Office says Democrats held a very slight advantage over Republicans as of 5 p.m.

More than 709,000 Democrats and 700,000 Republicans had voted.

So, too, did more than 693,000 unaffiliated voters.

More than 2.05 million Coloradans voted in the 2014 midterms.

Nearly 2.9 million cast ballots in 2016, a presidential year.

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3:55 p.m.

More than 2 million Coloradans have cast ballots so far in Tuesday's election.

That's the latest turnout report from the Secretary of State's Office.

Registered Democrats led Republicans and independents in returned ballots with just hours to go before polls close at 7 p.m.

More than 689,000 Democrats have voted, compared to nearly 680,000 Republicans and nearly 666,000 unaffiliated voters.

Nearly 1.1 million women have voted, compared to nearly 982,000 men.

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3:30 p.m.

Bruce Holamon, a 53-year-old from Greeley, says he had his neighbors in mind when he voted against a proposal to restrict energy drilling.

Holamon said after voting in Greeley on Tuesday that he's worried Proposition 112 will hurt jobs and tax revenue in Weld County and elsewhere in Colorado.

He says: "I'd guess a quarter of our neighborhood works in the industry and it was a big concern for them."

Holamon doesn't work in oil or gas. But he notes that his college-age kids have benefited. They've received Bright Futures scholarships that are funded by taxpayers, including energy firms.

Holamon says he usually votes for Republican candidates and happily backed Walker Stapleton for governor. He says he's concerned taxes would go up if Democrat Jared Polis is elected.

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3 p.m.

Carly Everett admits she's "really nervous" about an election she says is less about politicians and more about decency and civility.

The 24-year-old from the Denver suburb of Littleton spoke after casting her vote at Red Rocks Baptist Church in Morrison on Tuesday.

Everett says: "I want love to win again over hate, but that's not why I voted mostly Democrat. It's about Donald Trump, and a lot of bad things going on right now are about him."

Everett, an independent voter, says she's disgusted by Trump's antipathy toward migrants and his race rhetoric.

But she's nervous about Tuesday's election.

Says Everett: "I'm hoping I wake up tomorrow to some good news."

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2:40 p.m.

Denver police are investigating after someone left burning campaign literature on the doorstep of a leading proponent of a ballot measure to remove a reference to slavery in the Colorado Constitution.

Jumoke (Jah-moh-KEE') Emery says his wife smelled smoke and found a pile of pro-Amendment A door hanger literature smoldering on their front porch Monday.

Police said Tuesday that detectives who specialize in bias-related crimes are investigating.

Mirroring the language of the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Colorado's Constitution currently allows slavery or involuntary servitude as a punishment for a crime.

Amendment A would get rid of that exception. It's an archaic reference to slavery contained in a constitution that was adopted before Colorado became a state in 1876.

Emery, who is black, says it's as if someone burned a cross on his front lawn.

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12:30 p.m.

Some Colorado voters are using their lunch breaks to turn in their ballots on the final day of the midterm elections.

Voters walked, drove and biked to ballot drop off places around the state Tuesday while others waited to cast ballots in person.

The Colorado Secretary of State's Office says nearly half of voters have cast ballots so far in this year's midterm elections.

Democrats held the lead in voter turnout as of midmorning but Republicans have narrowed the gap.

Colorado voters are roughly divided among the Democratic, Republican and unaffiliated categories. Unaffiliated voters are the largest group with about 1.3 million people.

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10 a.m.

Democrats are leading turnout so far in Colorado's midterm elections.

The Colorado Secretary of State's Office says 625,650 Democrats had returned their ballots, 6,728 more than Republicans, as of overnight Tuesday. There were also 584,560 unaffiliated voters who had voted by then.

Colorado Republican Party chairman Jeff Hays issued a call Tuesday to members of his party to vote or risk surrendering Colorado to what he called "the most radical Democrats" ever put forward by their party.

Women of all parties hold the edge in voter turnout so far in Colorado. The age block with the biggest turnout for both men and women is people between 41 and 60.

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8:45 a.m.

Colorado voters are deciding races for governor and seven U.S. House seats as well as 13 statewide ballot questions in this year's midterm election.

One statewide measure would severely restrict where new oil and gas wells can be drilled. Another would raise income tax rates to fund public education. Two competing measures address transportation.

Voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to bring their ballots to a drop-off box or a voting center. They can also vote in person at a voting center but must provide identification.

It's too late to return ballots by mail.

The Colorado Secretary of State's Office says 47 percent of the state's nearly 4 million voters had already voted as of Tuesday morning.

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7:40 a.m.

It's the final day for Colorado voters to cast their ballots in this year's election.

Voters have until 7 p.m. Tuesday to bring their ballots to a drop-off box or a voting center. They can also vote in person at a voting center but must provide identification.

It's too late to return ballots by mail.

The Colorado Secretary of State's Office says 45 percent of the state's nearly 4 million voters had already voted as of Monday night.

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