Unofficial Saguache County Primary Election Results

By Lisa Cyriacks

The Clerk’s office says the commissioner race is “too close to call”.  Unofficial tallies show incumbent Linda Joseph with a slight margin of 14 votes over challenger Tim Lovato.  Totals reported in the unofficial results are 406 for Joseph and 392 for Lovato.

At issue are provisional ballots (used to record a vote when there is some question in regards to a given voter’s eligibility), ballots issued to overseas residents and military, and a few ballots that have no or an illegible signature.  Various dates are given to provide time to verify and count the ballots in question. Final results will be tallied on August 19th by the canvass board.  The clerk’s office declined to confirm the number of outstanding ballots, but did indicate that it was sufficient to change the outcome of the race.  Check the Crestone Eagle website for updates.

The winner of the Democratic Primary for county commissioner will face Steve Carlson, Republican, in the November election.  Carlson defeated Allen Jones 275 to 87.

Incumbent County Clerk and Recorder Melinda Meyers handily beat challenger Christina Wilson 507 to 260.  Myers faces a Republican challenger in the November election, Carla Gomez, who received 297 confidence votes from her party.

Saguache County Sheriff Mike Norris, a Democrat, received 629 confidence votes. He will face Republican Richard Pascoe in November’s General Election.  Pascoe received 264 votes from his party.

Uncontested in both the Primary and General Election are Connie Trujillo, Republican, County Treasurer, 321 confidence votes; Jacqueline Stephens, Democrat, County Assessor, 599 confidence votes; and Tom Perrin, Democrat, County Coroner, 600 confidence votes.

Overall voter turnout was low for the Democrats and Republicans in Saguache County – less than 25 per cent.  Over half voted by mail ballots rather than using polling places.  A small handful of 50+ took advantage of early voting at the courthouse the week prior to Election Day.

Statewide and federal elections

In the US Senate race, Romanoff won in Saguache County, but conceded the statewide race to Bennet less than an hour after the polls closed.  Final tallies show Bennet leading by 9 points 54.2 per cent to 45.8 per cent.  Bennet faces Ken Buck in the November election.  Ken Buck defeated his opponent former Lt. Governor Jane Norton 52 per cent to 48 per cent.  Libertarian Maclyn Stringer also won his party’s support and will be on the ballot in November.

In Colorado the establishment-backed candidates for both governor and Senate lost to conservative insurgents.  Democrats describe these wins by Ken Buck (US Senate race) and Dan Maes (Governor) as a take-over” of the Republican party by the tea party movement.