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Election live blog: Key races called as election results continue to roll in

By: The Gazette
November 7, 2017 Updated: November 8, 2017 at 8:18 am
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Ken Jaray receives a high five from his son Ian Jaray after being announced the early winner of the election for mayor of Manitou Springs on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Stay with The Gazette for live updates as ballots are counted and Election Day results begin to roll in across El Paso and Teller counties.

Visit gazette.com/election-results for results as they come in.

Pikes Peak region voters will decide who will lead school boards and small towns and how their tax dollars will be spent on schools, transportation, infrastructure, fire protection services, tourism and telecommunications.

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Update 10 p.m.

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office has 1,500 to 2,000 ballots left to count, said spokeswoman Mattie Albert.

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Update 9:44 p.m.

School financing measures in four of five local districts gained voter approval Tuesday.

"It shows in general that people in this region are realizing there's a need," said Kevin Vick, president of the Colorado Springs Education Association, the teachers' union for Colorado Springs School District 11, which passed its first property tax increase in 17 years.

Read more from The Gazette's Debbie Kelley.

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Update 9:30 p.m.

A collective sigh of relief accompanied boisterous cheers that erupted from Colorado Springs School District 11 supporters Tuesday night.

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Lauren Hug, Anthony Carlson, Shawn Gullixson, Carley Cribbs and Mary Coleman, from left to right, show their emotions of happiness alongside Teresa Null, front, as they celebrate the passing of 3E by 56% to 44% on the voting ballot at SoccerHaus on Tuesday November 7, 2017 in Colorado Springs. Voters who approved the 3E ballot measures to significantly increase funding for K-12 schools in the D-11 schools. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette). 

After raising $517,000 in campaign contributions and recruiting 500 volunteers to knock on 30,000 doors, D-11 succeeded in gaining voter approval of a $42 million annual property tax increase, the first increase for the district in 17 years.

"This is a game changer," Superintendent Nicholas Gledich said at a watch party that turned lively as results started coming in.

"The voters have created a legacy," he said. "Their dollars will make a difference in the lives of children."

Ballot Issue 3E was passing with 56 percent of the vote in unofficial results.

Read more from The Gazette's Debbie Kelley.

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Update 9:22 p.m.

The county issued just shy of 400,000 ballots, but only about 35 percent of them were returned Tuesday, according to the unofficial count by the El Paso County Clerk and Recorders Office.

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Update 9:20 p.m.

The latest count showed most ballots being returned were Republican, the county’s largest party, with 68,926 participating, followed by 30,942 Democrats and 38,643 unaffiliated voters, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office said. A complete party breakdown was not expected until Wednesday, said spokeswoman Mattie Albert.

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Update 9:15 p.m.

Another round of election results is online. With only 5,000 to 8,000 ballots left to count, the results are nearly final in El Paso County, said Mattie Albert, spokeswoman for the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office.

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Update 8:38 p.m.

The Gazette's Eric Singer and Jakob Rodgers are live on Facebook with Ken Jaray, the mayor-elect of Manitou Springs.

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Update 8:26 p.m.

A measure that would make regional transportation tax revenue a source for widening Interstate 25 from Monument to Castle Rock appeared to be on its way to success Tuesday evening.

Issue 5B would add the widening of the so-called I-25 "Gap" to a list of projects that the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority can fund. The measure would set aside $10 million for the project in future tax revenues - if state and local leaders can come up with the rest of the money needed to pay for the project's estimated cost of $350 million.

Read more from The Gazette's Rachel Riley.

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Update 8:22 p.m.

The Gazette's Billie Stanton Anleu has an analysis of the preliminary election results. She wrote:

Voters in El Paso County shed their anti-tax reputation Tuesday, with landslide approval of using $14.5 million in tax dollars for transportation and other projects, passing new stormwater fees for Colorado Springs and delivering a $46 million boon for School District 11, unofficial results showed.

Manitou Springs opted for a new mayor, and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority won the OK to spend up to $10 million of its money on the widening of Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock, according to totals with about 85 percent of the ballots counted.

Read the entire article.

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Update 8:14 p.m.

The Gazette's Eric Singer and Conrad Swanson went live with Mayor John Suthers to talk about the Colorado Springs Ballot Question 2A, which is passing in preliminary results.

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Update 8 p.m.

The second round of results, representing ballots counted through the majority of Election Day, is online now. For a full list of results, visit gazette.com/election-results.

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Update 7:56 p.m.

Statewide, 1,074,464 were returned by 7 p.m., Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced.

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Update 7:53 p.m.

Here are the results - so far - in few key races:

Nearly 67 percent of voters approved El Paso County Ballot Issue 1A, which would set aside set aside $14.5 million in excess government revenues for projects including the Interstate 25 corridor gap. About 33 percent voted against it.

Nearly 54 percent of voters approved Colorado Springs Ballot Question 2A, which would allow the city to collect stormwater fees. About 46 percent voted against it.

And 56.4 percent of voters approved Colorado Springs School District 11 Ballot Issue 3E. 43.6 percent voted against it.

Ken Jaray has about 65 percent of the vote for Manitou Springs mayor. The incumbent, Nicole Nicoletta, has nearly 35 percent.

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Update 7:30 p.m.

El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman says the initial results represent about 85 percent of ballots cast, all of which were returned yesterday. Today’s votes being tallied now.

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Update 7:24 p.m.

The Gazette's Eric Singer is live on Facebook again, discussing the first round of unofficial results.

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Update 7:13 p.m.

The first round of unofficial election results has been released. For a full list, visit gazette.com/election-results. Polls closed at 7 p.m.

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Update 6:47 p.m.

The Gazette's Eric Singer is live on Facebook with El Paso County Clerk Recorder Chuck Broerman.

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Update 5:51 p.m.

Voter turnout in El Paso County continues to be lower this year than in other recent off-year elections.

The county issued about 390,000 ballots since October, but by about 4:30  p.m. Tuesday, only about 33 percent had been returned, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorders Office said. The office tracks voter turnout using issued ballots rather than total registered voters, a number that includes inactive voters, spokeswoman Mattie Albert said.

That means turnout this year is lower than in other recent coordinated election years.

In 2015, the county issued 349,688 ballots and received 145,760, for a turnout of about 42 percent. Close behind was 2013, in which the county issued 364,478 ballots and saw 41 percent returned, records show.

"In 2013, there were two statewide issues on the ballot. And in 2015, there was a statewide issue. That factor may have driven slightly higher participation rates in both coordinate elections," Albert said.

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Update 3:42 p.m.

Of the more than 450,000 registered voters in El Paso County, only about 27 percent had voted by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Roughly 122,647 voters had made their elections by mail and another 518 voted in person at polling locations, according to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. Ballots will continue to be counted until polls close at 7 p.m.

Read more about the election's ballot counts from Kaitlin Durbin.

RELATED

Five Pikes Peak region school districts asking voters to invest in education.

School board candidates in eight Pikes Peak region districts talk about their bids.

Colorado Springs council endorses ballot measure investing in D-11.

El Paso County fire districts - one growing, one shrinking - asking for tax hikes.

Colorado Springs stormwater fee opponents fear increases if voters approve the issue.

Opponents of Colorado Springs stormwater fees financially outmatched but still making an argument.

Manitou Springs voters to decide on mayor, controversial firefighter training center.

Lewis-Palmer school district board candidates' finance reports at issue again.

Plenty of reasons why Colorado Springs-area school board races are going uncontested in 2017.

Colorado Springs firefighters join police association in endorsing stormwater fees.

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