Donovan claims victory in Senate District 5 race
Kerry Donovan (D): 26,401
Don Suppes (R): 25,650
Lee Mulcahy (L): 2,232
As of 8 a.m. Wednesday
VAIL — The last 24 hours have been a nail-biting day for Democrat Kerry Donovan of Vail.
At around 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, the final votes were counted, confirming that Donovan would represent Colorado State Senate District 5, which includes Delta, Lake, Chaffee, Gunnison, Eagle, Pitkin and Hinsdale counties, beating out opponent, Republican Don Suppes of Orchard City.
On her Facebook page, Donovan announced the victory and thanked her supporters.
“I am honored to have the confidence of voters from Western Colorado to represent them in Denver. From building an economy that works for everyone and not just those at the top, to ensuring that our public lands and water are protected and cared for, the needs of our region are diverse and I look forward to working on its behalf in the State Senate,” she wrote.
Suppes had led the race late Tuesday, staying ahead of Donovan by about 2,000 votes. He even declared his victory on his Facebook page.
However, into the early hours of Wednesday, it became clear that late returns from Pitkin and Gunnison counties had might turn the tide. By 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Donovan led with 26,401 votes and 49 percent of the ballots. Suppes trailed at 751 votes behind and 47 percent, and Libertarian Lee Mulcahy of Aspen got 2,232 votes and about 4 percent.
Suppes posted on his Facebook page: “A lot can change in 7 hours. It seems late returns from Pitkin County may have cost us the race. It appears we may have lost by 750 votes out of over 50,000 votes cast.”
By late afternoon, the candidates were only waiting for 1,300 outstanding votes yet to be calculated in Gunnison County. When the final numbers came in, the results indicated that Donovan had won in the county by a healthy margin.
This story will be updated as official numbers become available.