Challenger lead holding up in 9th DA race

With two of three counties’ election results finalized, Democratic challenger Sherry Caloia is continuing to hold onto a slight lead over Republican incumbent Martin Beeson in the district attorney’s race in the 9th Judicial District.

Garfield and Rio Blanco counties have released final results that have led to Caloia’s lead shrinking from 124 to 91. However, that’s still a few more votes than what would trigger an automatic recount, and Caloia’s lead likely will grow once final results are in from Pitkin County, which overall has voted 2-1 in her favor.

Pitkin election officials are hoping to release final results today but may not be able to do so until tomorrow or Friday, which is the deadline for doing so.

Caloia currently holds a 17,469-17,378 lead. An automatic recount would be required if her margin of victory is within a half of one percent of total votes cast for her. Currently, that’s 87.3 votes.

The revised election counts include late-arriving votes by the military, ballots cast by people who had done things such as failing to sign their ballots and were given time to do so, and people who were allowed to vote provisionally despite questions over their eligibility.

Garfield County had 561 provisional votes and 408 were accepted. In Rio Blanco County, 43 of 77 provisional ballots were accepted. Ballots were rejected for reasons such as voters not having registered in time.

Beeson picked up 15 more votes in Garfield County and 18 more in Rio Blanco between the preliminary and final vote counts.

He has the option of asking for a recount if an automatic one isn’t required, but would have to absorb the cost unless the recount ends up in his favor.

“I’m taking it one step at a time. I’m going to see what the final numbers are and see what the time constraints (for requesting a recount) are and make a decision at that point,” Beeson said.

Caloia said she has been fairly confident her lead would hold up, as seems to occur with other close races once results are finalized.

The final percentages “don’t seem to change that much” from preliminary results, she said.






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