U.S. Senate candidate Mark Udall received 54.6 percent and U.S. Representative candidate John Salazar received 60.2 percent of the vote in Ouray County. All three Democratic candidates ultimately claimed victories for their respective seats.
Although Democrat Noelle Hagan received 52.6 percent of the votes in Ouray County, she lost the District 58 race to Republican Scott Tipton, who won an overwhelming majority in neighboring Montrose County.
Perhaps the only Republican victory in Ouray County was that of Marcia Neal, the party’s candidate for the State Board of Education, who received eight more votes than Democratic candidate Jill Brake. As of press time on Wednesday, there was no winner declared in that race.
Not surprisingly, voters in Ouray County, by 400 votes, said no to Amendment 46 and the prohibition of affirmative action. A similar amendment passed in Nebraska on Tuesday; the votes are still being counted in Colorado and a result has not yet been released. Amendment 47, also known as the Colorado Right to Work Initiative, was turned down in Ouray County and appeared to be losing at the state level, but again, results are still pending with 91 percent of the precincts counted by Wednesday afternoon.
In an overwhelming loss, probably because of the can of worms it would open, Amendment 48, which tried to change the definition of a person, received almost 1,000 more “no” votes than “yes” votes in Ouray County. Statewide, the amendment is losing by 70 percent.
Not as drastically, Amendment 49, which would impose a limit to public payroll deductions amendment, lost locally and across the state. And residents in Ouray County apparently aren’t interested in playing craps or roulette next time they go to Central City or Blackhawk as they turned down Amendment 50 by close to 400 votes. Statewide, though, it looks like the measure will pass.
Voters in Ouray County agreed with the majority of voters around the state on amendments 51 (sales tax to benefit people with disabilities) and 52 (severance tax for road construction) as both measures failed. By a sizable margin, county residents said yes to Amendment 54 to restrict campaign contributions. Results are still pending statewide in what is proving to be a very close decision.
By just 67 votes, Ouray County residents said yes to Amendment 58 and a severance tax on extracted oil and gas, but a majority of voters across the state said no.
In county races, Heidi Albritton won the District 3 County Commissioner seat in an uncontested race, while Lynn Padgett received 56 percent of the total vote in her run against Bob Wolford to win the District 1 County Commissioner seat.
The Ouray County electorate also decided to impose a 1 percent sales tax on goods and services to fund the county’s Road and Bridge Department. This referendum won by a very narrow margin of just 66 votes.
Voters in the county also agreed to put their money into the local schools by passing Issue 3A (mil levy for Ouray Schools) and Issue 3B (Ridgway Schools Place to Play). While 3A passed by a slim margin of 51 votes, 3B won handily with 329 votes.