Recall: Republicans hold edge in early voting

September 10, 2013 Updated: September 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm
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With only a few hours remaining before polls close on the recall elections, 15,285 voters have cast their ballots in the Senate District 11 recall election.

Turnout picked up through the lunch hour this afternoon after a slow morning, but Ryan Parsell, spokesman for the county's Clerk and Recorder's Office, said there were no lines at any of the voting centers.

Polls close at 7 p.m.

Sen. John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, is facing a recall election for his support of gun legislation during the 2013 legislative session. If he is ousted from office, Republican candidate Bernie Herpin will replace him in the Colorado General Assembly.

As of about 2:30 p.m. 5,980 Republicans had turned out to vote compared with 5,098 Democrats, Parsell said.

Morse, a Democrat, needed a strong turnout to help combat extremely motivated gun rights advocates who were expected to head to the polls.

Another 3,972 unaffiliated voters have participated in the election.

There are a total of roughly 69,000 registered voters in Senate District 11.

Joshua Spivak, an expert in recall elections, likened the turnout to the recall election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin in 2012, where independent voters were the deciding factor to keep Walker in office.

Meanwhile both sides worked furiously in Colorado Springs Tuesday.

Robo calls from former President Bill Clinton went out to voters in Senate District 11 - which includes central Colorado Springs stretching west to Manitou Springs.

Results from the election are expected to come in beginning at 7:15 p.m. tonight. Morse, Herpin and the group that organized the recall are all holding separate watch parties.

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