Adams County votes will decide which party controls Colorado Senate

John Aguilar ---- The Denver Post 

Control of the Colorado Senate has come down to one seat in Adams County, where the Republican was holding a lead of fewer than 900 votes in a county that usually leans Democratic but this election favored Republicans.

Based on preliminary results, Democrats and Republicans appear to have won 17 seats apiece in the Senate, putting the focus on Adams County and Senate District 24. Republican Beth Martinez Humenik was ahead of Democrat Judy Solano by 852 votes in the latest returns.

Adams County started Thursday with 20,000 ballots to process and by late evening had about 7,000 left. County spokesman Jim Seidlicki said counting will resume Friday morning.

The process is taking unusually long because there is a write-in candidate for county surveyor, so election judges have to check each ballot.

So far in Adams County, results show Republican candidates for sheriff, clerk, assessor and all three county commissioners leading their Democratic opponents — even though 35 percent of the county's registered voters are Democrats and 25 percent are Republicans. Unaffiliated voters account for another 38 percent.

Voters in the county also put Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, in the lead for attorney general over Don Quick, formerly the county's district attorney.

That made Republican analyst Dick Wadhams optimistic about Humenik's chances of maintaining her lead.

He said the potential that Republicans will lead the Senate for the first time in a decade means Colorado has restored its "truly purple competitive status," where the state isn't dominated by any one party.

Democrats had an 18-17 edge in the Senate over the last two years. 

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