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Wednesday, August 11,2010

Boulder County chooses Romanoff over Bennet

By Jefferson Dodge

While incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet edged challenger Andrew Romanoff in the statewide Senate race, the opposite was true in Boulder County.

According to final unofficial election results posted by the county clerk and recorder’s office, Romanoff took 51.4 percent of the vote among Boulder County Democrats, while Bennet garnered 48.6 percent.

And, in the lower-profile-but-fun-to-say Stringer vs. Finger Senate race among the Libertarians, Maclyn “Mac” Stringer edged John Finger, although in Boulder County the former trailed the latter by five votes.

On the other hand, Republicans in the county trended with the rest of the state in choosing Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck over Jane Norton, 54.5 percent to 45.5 percent, in the Senate primary.

In the 2nd Congressional District Republican primary, Stephen Bailey handily beat Bob Brancato, who had briefly suspended his campaign after a Boulder Weekly article on a domestic disturbance at his home last fall. (No charges were filed, and Brancato and his wife disputed the Firestone police’s account of the incident.)

In the Democratic primary for House District 12, which includes Lafayette, Louisville and part of Longmont, Matt Jones defeated Jake Williams 54.8 percent to 45.2 percent. The tone of that race took a nasty turn earlier this summer when Williams accused his opponent of running a “push poll,” a negative phone-calling campaign loosely disguised as a survey. Jones responded by telling Boulder Weekly he was considering legal action because Williams had “recklessly and knowingly fabricated information.”

In the gubernatorial primary on the Republican side, Dan Maes edged Scott McInnis. Boulder County Republicans followed the state trend, giving Maes 57.9 percent of the vote to McInnis’ 42.1 percent.

Maes will take on Democrat and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Tom Tancredo, who recently left the Republicans to run under the American Constitution Party, and Libertarian Jaimes Brown, who soundly defeated Dan “Kilo” Sallis at both the state and county levels.

Boulder County also held with the rest of the state when Walker Stapleton beat J.J. Ament in the Republican primary for state treasurer.

In the Democratic primary for county surveyor, Jason Emery defeated Alan Greenberg, 53.8 percent to 46.2 percent.

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