Colorado’s state Legislature will stay split: Republicans maintaining control of Senate, Democrats retain House majority
November 9, 2016
Republicans appeared close to maintaining their one-vote advantage in the Colorado Senate, with two seats in the chamber looking to flip political allegiances and thus canceling each other out, according to unofficial election results posted Wednesday.
At the same time, Democrats looked ready to extend their three-seat control in the state House — 34-31 — portending another two years of split governance at the capitol. Late Wednesday, it appeared Democrats would claim three more seats in the House.
Democrat Rachel Zenzinger edged out incumbent Laura Woods, R-Arvada, in Senate District 19 by a little more than 1,300 votes out of 76,500 cast. Meanwhile, former Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson, was prevailing in the fight for the Senate District 25 seat that had been held by Democrat Mary Hodge. Priola was leading 53.8 percent to 46.2 percent over Democratic opponent Jenise May Wednesday afternoon in what was a closely watched race.
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