Scanlan wins Eagle County state House seat
Eagle County, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Democrat Christine Scanlan won the state House District 56 seat Tuesday, with strong support from Summit County voters, according to unofficial results.
Republican candidate Ali Hasan held a slight edge over the Democrat incumbent in Eagle County voting, but Scanlan had leads in both Summit and Lake Counties.
“I think people recognized at the end of the day that I worked hard this past session for the district and care about the issues that are most important to us,” Scanlan said.
Scanlan trailed Hasan by about 70 votes in Eagle County. Scanlan opened up a wider margin in Summit County, garnering 8,092 votes. Hasan got 5,756 votes in Summit County. Scanlan was also winning Lake County. The Democrat had 1,602 votes, Hasan had 1,278.
“It’s been an interesting race,” she said. “The Hasan team ran a good campaign.”
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Scanlan said she plans to make tackling the district’s pine beetle problem and finding a solution to congestion on Interstate 70 as her top priorities.
Hasan said he was surprised and disappointed at the results, but was proud of the campaign he ran.
“I have a spiritual philosophy that if I want something real bad, and if things don’t work out, a bigger and better opportunity comes down the road,” Hasan said.
National perception of the Republican party may have hurt his campaign, Hasan said.
“Maybe this is just a barometer reading of the republican party right now,” Hasan said. “Maybe at some point you just reach a plateau with your party.”
Hasan said he is still passionate about pursuing a mountain monorail system and is considering pursuing it as a state ballot initiative.
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