County Clerk’s Office 
certifies the winners 
of Republican primaries

The June 24 primary results are now official.

The Mesa County Clerk’s Office officially certified the results of all of those races on Thursday whether they were contested or not.

That means that state Sen. Steve King officially is the GOP candidate for Mesa County sheriff, Dan Thurlow is the Republican running for House District 55, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., is the candidate for the 3rd Congressional District and Marcia Neal will run for re-election as the Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat on the State Board of Education.

Certifying a race is a simple matter of verifying that all the ballots have been counted and tabulated correctly, said County Clerk Sheila Reiner, who, incidentally, also was certified to run for a second term in that job.

“The two political parties send a designee down (to the clerk’s office) and they perform a post audit test to verify that the equipment returned the results that it should have during the election, then they go through the reports and verify that there were not more ballots counted than were eligible to be cast, and then they sign the reports,” she said. “Then it’s deemed certified.”

Reiner said that under Colorado law, had a winning candidate resigned from the race before the results were certified, the election would have gone to their challengers.

Now, if such a candidate quits the race before the November general election, a vacancy committee from their political party would be allowed to choose a replacement.


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