Update: Buck has conceded, called Bennet to congratulate him, and thanks grass-roots supporters graciously for an amazing campaign.
So far, I haven’t seen any other outlets call the race.
It’s a squeaker and I’m not sure it’s over yet.
Appointed U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet will be elected to the U.S. Senate after pulling ahead of challenger Ken Buck this morning.
Long after most Coloradans — including the candidates and their supporters — had gone to bed, returns from Denver and Boulder moved Bennet past Buck and into the lead, 47.5 percent to 47.1 percent.
A recount would be required if the difference between the two candidates’ vote totals is less than one-half of 1 percent of the highest vote total, or about 3,900 votes based on current tallies.
Bennet leads by nearly 7,000 votes with an estimated 30,000 still to be counted in Boulder County.
That doesn’t seem to bode well for Buck, but there still appear to be a record number of provisional ballots to be counted as well:
The razor-thin margin had Democratic officials noting that, when every vote is tabulated, the difference may be as little as 2,000 votes.
Then, provisional ballots will have to be counted — a process that takes days — and Colorado reported much higher than usual provisional ballots cast Tuesday, according to Secretary of State Bernie Buescher.
Terry Stone, who served as an election judge in Denver all day before joining the Democrats’ party, said of the 900 votes in his precinct, 100 were provisional, and he’s heard the same from all over the city.
Arapahoe County also reported so many requests for provisional ballots that Buescher had to issue an order allowing photocopies and other unusual forms of ballots to be collected. There are likely to be fights over those facsimiles if the vote remains that close.
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