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March 6, 2014
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Gardner, Beauprez win Weld Republican straw poll

Straw polls were taken at Weld County Republican caucuses Tuesday night for the governor’s race and U.S. Senate race, and the winners for the Republican nominations to run in November were U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner in the U.S. Senate race and Bob Beauprez in the governor’s race.

In the race among the Republican candidates to run against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall, Gardner received the most votes in a landslide with 985 votes followed by Owen Hill (72), Randy Baumgardner (20), Floyd Trujillo (4), Mark Aspiri (3), and Tom Janich (1).

The race to run against Gov. John Hickenlooper was much closer with late entry Bob Beauprez winning with 254 votes followed by Scott Gessler (223), Tom Tancredo (218), Mike Kopp (172), Greg Brophy (149), Roni Sylvester (42) and Steve House (3).

Weld County Republican Chairwoman Karen Pelzer said there wasn’t enough time to change the packets and add a straw poll for the 4th Congressional District race between Ken Buck, Barbara Kirkmeyer and Scott Renfroe, which changed over the last week.

“We printed all our straw poll stuff out and gave our packets out to the district captains a week ago Saturday, and no sooner did we get everything out and it all changed,” Pelzer said. “It’s interesting to see all the changes coming down. A lot of the names have changed. If I had time, I would have reprinted the ballots and added the Congressional District to it.”

The Weld Democrats took a preference vote on their U.S. Senate candidate Udall and he received 232 votes of support. Six votes were uncommitted.

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