GOP likely to take Colorado Legislature

Though many of the races for the Colorado House and Senate were too close to call late Tuesday, Republicans were poised to retake both chambers after six years of Democratic control.

In the 65-member House, both parties had a solid lead on 48 seats: 24 for the GOP and 24 for the Democrats. Seventeen other races, though, were too close to call, including several held by incumbent Democrats who were narrowly trailing in some parts of the state. Currently, the Democrats control the chamber 37-27 with one independent.

In the Senate, a similar tie was in the works. Of the 35 seats there, 17 were up for grabs.

As of midnight, Republicans were poised to pick up several seats, enough that the GOP could win the 18 seats needed for a majority. Currently, there are 21 Democrats in the Senate, and 14 Republicans.

On the Western Slope, those close races included Rep. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, who was leading with 62 percent over Sen. Bruce Whitehead, D-Hesperus, for Senate District 6, who had 38 percent.

Meanwhile, Republican newcomer Bob Rankin was leading 55 percent to 45 percent over incumbent Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, in Senate District 5.


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