|Official election results released for Nov. 2 ballot|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
No election outcomes changed in Phillips County after the final ballots were counted last week and official results were released by County Clerk and Recorder Beth Cumming.
As reported in last week’s Enterprise, the Holyoke School District mill levy override election was successful. Final results showed 57 percent of the school district voters cast their ballots favorably.
Final vote in the school district election was 782-588. This included Phillips, Sedgwick and Yuma county votes of residents in the school district, as well as other landowners in the district who chose to cast a ballot.
The Phillips County portion of the school district comprises a majority of the district, and the vote in this county was 754-571.
Haxtun Fire Protection District voters approved a ballot issue by a wide 87.5-12.5 percent margin.
In the only contested candidate race in the county, incumbent Phillips County Treasurer Linda Statz retained her office for another four years with a 1,532-430 win over challenger Shari Cagle. Statz is a Republican and Cagle unaffiliated.
Phillips County vote same as statewide/district outcomes in seven of nine races
Phillips County voters favored the winning candidates in seven of nine state or districtwide races in the Nov. 2 election.
The only two races which varied from the actual outcome were those for U.S. Senate and Governor/Lt. Governor.
Democrat incumbent Michael Bennet retained his U.S. Senate seat by a slim 47.7-46.8 percentage vote edge over Republican challenger Ken Buck.
However, in Phillips County, the voters favored Buck 66-29 percent over Bennet.
Likewise, in the gubernatorial race, Democrats John Hickenlooper and Joseph Garcia won the governor/lt. governor offices for four years.
The Democratic duo garnered 51 percent of the statewide vote, while American Constitution Party (ACP) candidates Tom Tancredo and Pat Miller earned 37 percent and Republicans Dan Maes and Tambor Williams, 11 percent.
Phillips County favored Tancredo with 47.6 percent of the county’s vote, while Hickenlooper nabbed 33 percent and Maes 18.6 percent.
In the other seven races, Phillips County votes aligned with the district/state outcome, but with slightly different proportions in some cases.
Republican Cory Gardner won the 4th Congressional seat in the U.S. Congress, defeating incumbent Democrat Betsy Markey 53-41 percent districtwide. ACP Doug Aden gained 4.5 percent of the vote.
In this county, Gardner won 70 percent to Markey’s 25 and Aden’s 3.5 percent of the vote.
Republican Scott Gessler gained 50 percent of the statewide vote for Secretary of State to unseat Democratic incumbent Bernie Buescher who garnered 43 percent. ACP’s Amanda Campbell earned seven percent.
Phillips County favored Gessler with 74 percent of the vote to 20 percent for Buescher and six percent for Campbell.
Republican Walker Stapleton won the State Treasurer office over incumbent Democrat Cary Kennedy with a 51-49 percent vote split. In Phillips County, Stapleton was favored 70-30 percent.
Republican incumbent John Suthers earned another four years as Attorney General, defeating Democratic challenger Stan Garnett 57-43 percent. Phillips County favored Suthers 76-24 percent.
Republican Steve Bosley kept his at-large seat as a CU Regent with a 51-43 percent win over Democrat Melissa Hart. Phillips County favored Bosley 73-23 percent.
Republican Sue Sharkey won the 4th Congressional District CU Regent seat with a 63-37 percent win over Democrat Robert Bishop-Cotner. Phillips County gave Sharkey a 78.6-21.4 percentage edge.
Republican incumbent Greg Brophy earned another four-year term in State Senate District One with a 78-22 percent win over Democratic challenger Michael Bowman. Phillips County favored Brophy 82-18 percent.
Justices, judges retained
All three Colorado Supreme Court justices and four Court of Appeals judges were retained in office as a result of the 2010 election.
In Phillips County, Judge David Colver was retained in office with a strong 91-9 percent favorable vote.
One ballot issue passes
Phillips County voted with the statewide outcome on all nine of the ballot issues this year.
Only one passed. Amendment Q, temporary relocation of government, gained a 57-43 percent voter win (50.34-49.66 in Phillips Co.).
Amendments 60 and 61, as well as Proposition 101, were all highly contested and were soundly defeated.
Amendment 60 on property taxes went down 25-75 percent (16-64 in Phillips Co.). Amendment 61 on state and local debt limits failed 27-73 percent (17-83 in Phillips Co.).
Proposition 101 on motor vehicle, income taxes and fees failed 32-68 percent (21-79 in Phillips Co.).
Amendment P on regulating games of chance failed 38-62 percent (30-70 in Phillips Co.). Amendment R on exempt interests real property also failed 38-62 percent (32-68 in Phillips Co.).
Amendment 62 on definition of a person went down 29-71 percent (38-62 in Phillips Co.). Amendment 63 on healthcare mandates failed 47-53 percent (49.7-50.3 in Phillips Co.). Proposition 102 on bail and bond criteria failed 38-62 percent (34-66 in Phillips Co.).