Polis wins Dem primary | VailDaily.com

Polis wins Dem primary

Dawn WitlinVail CO, Colorado
CVR primary voting KA 08-12-08

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado Internet entrepreneur Jared Polis claimed victory in his bid to be the Democratic candidate for Colorados Second Congressional District.Unofficial statewide results show Polis won with 15,969 votes or 43 percent, while Fitz-Gerald won 14,571 votes or 39 percent. Shafroth , who had petitioned his way onto the ballot, lagged behind with 6,727 votes or 18 percent.Fitz-Gerald conceded to Polis Tuesday night, The Rocky Mountain News reported.I just called Jared and congratulated him on winning the seat, Fitz-Gerald told The Rocky Mountain News at roughly 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, adding that she asked Polis to take care of the people in the district.Lynea Hansen, Shafroths camapign manager, said he addressed his supporters with pride at the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder.Will went out tonight and told hundreds of supporters that it was down to a two-person race and he was very proud of the way this campaign was run because we ran a race on the issues and conducted a positive camaign, Hansen said Tuesday night. The plan for tomorrow is to get some very much needed R and R. Its a tough thing to lose, but to lose with someone like Will Shafroth, who ran for everything he believed in, you know you casted the vote for the right person. Polis was the winner in Eagle County as well, according to the Eagle County Clerk and Recorders office.In unofficial county election results, Polis received 573 votes, with former state representative Joan Fitz-Gerald winning 457 votes and conservationist Will Shafroth with 319 votes. Unopposed Republican candidate Scott Starin won 654 votes.Polis shelled out more than $5 million of his own money in the race to succeed Rep. Mark Udall in the heavily Democratic district. Udall is running for Senate. Because of the Second Congressional Districts political leanings, many believe the winner of Tuesdays night Democratic primary will ultimately win in the general election in November.

Some Eagle County polling places saw a poor early voter turnout the day of the election, said Eagle County Clerk & Recorder Teak J. Simonton.In Vail, where Precincts 2,12,13 and 14 voted, only 52 people had cast their choice by 2 p.m.At a polling place for Precincts 15 and 19 in Avon, only 29 people had voted by 4 p.m.Nancy Patton, 58, of Avon said she checked Rep. Mark Udalls name in Tuesdays Democratic primary because hes a candidate she can identify with.Hes a wonderful man, said Patton. I think personally hes just a good human being, he cares about the environment, which is a really important issue to me.An avid cyclist and snowshoer, Patton said she is against a candidate who may allow over development.We came here to enjoy the outdoors, said Patton. If you develop all these mountains and pollute … it takes away all of this beautiful scenery. At around 2 p.m., Sally Jackle, 61, was the 51st person to vote at Donovan Park Pavillion in Vail. The Democratic congressional primary race between former state Rep. Joan Fitz-Gerald, enterpreneuer Jared Polis and conservationist Will Shafroth drew her to the polls Tuesday. I thought this was a very important race, said Jackle. I think this race among the three candidates is going to probably determine who is our ultimate representative in November.Jackle was surprised at the lack of votes cast so far that day because at certain times, she received more than 10 phone calls a day from candidate representatives asking for her vote. It was interesting they made such a push, said Jackle. They would say Such and such will be at a breakfast, do you want to join them?Tim Stenovec, 24, who also cast his vote in Vail, said he wanted to show support for what he called passionate candidates.It seems like a very close race and we have three really passionate candidates, said Stenovec.Stenovec said he voted for the candidate he thought cared most about the war and the economy. Since theyre going to be in Washington, the war in Iraq is really important and the economy, Stenovec said.Joe Rosica of Avon said he voted because his participation counts.I think every election is important, said Theres only one real contest gong on here and thats for representative for this district and I think its important to be heard on this issue. Rosica, who did not disclose who he voted for, said the deciding factor in voting for his candidate was their past record.

In contrast, Fitz-Gerald won the primary in Summit County, with 552 votes or 49 percent of the overall total.Shafroth walked away fom the race in Summit County with 26 percent or 293 votes, while Polis won 24 percent of the vote with a total of 272.Polis, who gathered with supporters at the Renaissance Hotel in Broomfield Tuesday night, refused to comment on the election results.Im just not planning on putting him in front of anyone until tomorrow, Dana Morain, a spokeswoman for the Polis campaign said Tuesday night.Respresentatives for Fitz-Gerald and Polis did not return calls for comment.Staff Writer Dawn Witlin can be reached at 970-748-2931 or dwitlin@vaildaily.com

U.S. House District 1 Republican PrimaryGeorge Lilly 58 percentCharles Crain – 42 percentU.S. House District 5 Republican PrimaryDoug Lamborn 45 percentJeff Crank 29 percentBentley Rayburn 26 percentU.S. House District Republican PrimaryMike Coffman 40 percentWil Armstrong 33 percentTed Harvey 15 percentSteve Ward 12 percentState Board of Education District 1 Democratic PrimaryElaine Berman 100 percentAndrea Mosby-WI 0 percentsource: Associated Press

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