05 May 2015

Denver Municipal Election Results

The results of the Denver Municipal Election will be available at the Denver Clerk and Recorder's election result webpage, sometime in the next few minutes (since the polls close at 7 p.m.).  Since the ballots are short, computer scanned, and were mostly turned in long before elections day, the initial preliminary results may be decisive.  (Data on incumbency from here).

There are 351,520 active registered voters in Denver, and probably about 20% of them voted.  So far, 69,338 votes have been reported. which will not include all votes cast today, but probably will include all votes cast yesterday and probably some votes cast this morning.

The twelve first round winners:

The clear first round winners, including four new faces, are:

Michael Hancock (Mayor) (incumbent) (4 candidate race 79.98%)

Timothy O'Brien (Auditor) (open seat) (2 candidate race 54.02%)
Precinct by precinct results shown here.

Debra Johnson (Clerk and Recorder) (incumbent) (2 candidate race 84.09%)

Debbie Ortega (City Council at Large) (incumbent) (5 candidate race vote for two)

Robin Kneich (City Council at Large) (incumbent) (5 candidate race vote for two)

Rafeal Espinoza (City Council District 1) (defeating the incumbent in a 2 candidate race 66.8%)

Paul Lopez (City Council District 3) (incumbent) (unopposed)

Kendra Black (City Council District 4) (open seat) (3 candidate race 57.38%)
Precinct by precinct results here.

Mary Beth Susman (City Council District 5) (incumbent) (unopposed)

Paul Kashman (City Council District 6) (open seat) (2 candidate race 54.66%)
Precinct by precinct results here.

Christopher Herndon (City Council District 8) (incumbent) (unopposed)

Albus Brooks (City Council District 9) (incumbent) (3 candidate race; 67.14%)

As used above, "unopposed" means "unopposed" by non-write in candidates.  The runner up in the at large city council race, Jeffery Washington, trailed by 16,998 votes out of 98,670 cast (two per voter) in that race.

The four June runoff elections:

The runoffs will be in the following four open City Council District races (with the candidate winning the most votes listed firs and the number of candidates referring only to non-write in candidates):

City Council District 2:  John Kidd 34.8% v. Kevin Flynn 22.41% (out of 5 candidates)
** Gap to third place 256 votes from 5,753 votes reported so far.
Precinct by precinct winners shown here.

City Council District 7: Jolon Clark 27.07% v. Anne McGihon 16.5% (out of 9 candidates)
** Gap to third place 84 votes from from 5,504 votes reported so far.
Precinct by precinct winners shown here.

City Council District 10: Wayne New 37.36% v. Anna Jones 32.58% (out of 5 candidates)
** Gap to third place 1,076 votes from 7,904 votes reported so far.
Precinct by precinct winners shown here.

City Council District 11: Stacie Gillmore 38.18% v. Sean Bradley 23.53% (out of 5 candidates)
** Gap to third place 73 votes from 3,085 votes reported so far.
Precinct by precinct winners shown here.

Turnout is likely to be lower in each of these districts than it was in the first round, based upon historical experience.


andrew said...

The final unofficial results put Anne McGihon 36 votes behind Mr. Greco for second place in Council District 7, but the gap appears to be small enough to trigger an automatic recount. I will update as new information becomes available. The eliminated candidates, in either scenario, are predominantly from the West side and Baker neighborhood in the District, so success in the runoff will depend upon mobilizing that group of voters. McGihon and Greco may be more natural candidates to succeed at this task than Clark.

Also, in District 2, the largest vote getting John King, is a Republican, while all of the other candidates, including Flynn who came in second place, were Democrats who split the vote. So, it is likely that in the second round in that race, the voters will rally around Flynn.

andrew said...

John Kidd, not John King.

andrew said...

Greco only surpassed McGihon in the running tally at 2:30 a.m.

Initially the Clerk believed that an automatic recount would be triggered, but when learned that the 0.5% threshold was calculated based upon the number of voters of the candidate with the larger tally (Greco) which would require a 7 vote race, rather than the 33 vote margin actually present in this case (my 36 vote statement was in error).


andrew said...

"Elections Division spokesman Alton Dillard said Wednesday afternoon that it was possible the margin could narrow. Voters whose ballot envelopes were unsigned or whose signatures didn't match registration records have eight days to rectify the situation and still have their votes counted.

McGihon's camp says its understanding is that 57 ballots are in that category in District 7. She still could request a recount, at her own expense, until 10 days after the election."

From the link in the comment above.