The Colorado election results 2010 were up in the air for some time. Yet in the end, the Colorado election results 2010 were actually settled yesterday, unlike the other two undecided states left. Michael Bennet and Ken Buck were still battling it out yesterday, as Election Night came and went without a winner. However, Bennet had taken the lead anyway, coming back all the way from his October deficit. But that comeback was officially complete on Wednesday, with the Colorado election finally certified for the Democrat.
Bennet was a few points back weeks ago, yet some late gaffs from Buck closed the deficit. They proved to be costly this week, as Bennet emerged with a slim lead to end Election Night. Yet that lead wasn’t enough to settle things, until further counting was complete.
Eventually, the results declared Bennet the winner, with 98 percent of precincts reporting. Bennet currently has 48 percent, and 799,972 votes. Buck has 47 percent, and 783,426 votes, putting him down by over 16,000.
With no apparent way to make up his deficit, Buck joined the Tea Party candidates who went down to defeat in the midterms. Thanks to the controversy over why he didn’t prosecute a rape case,and his comments on homosexuality on Meet the Press, Buck was unable to hold on to victory.
Bennet’s triumph in Colorado is a rare case of a pro-Obama incumbent Democrat holding on. Of course, Bennet was appointed to the seat, as this was his first general election. It didn’t look too promising for him much of the way, yet he gave the Democrats some needed wiggle room in the Senate.
After Colorado stayed a blue state, the Democrats are now up to 52 seats in the Senate. There are still two states yet to settle their Senate races, although Alaska will go to a Republican in some form. Washington state could get them up to 53 seats if Patty Murray defeats Dino Rossi.
Although Washington and Alaska stand to be unsettled for some time, Colorado put an early end to their drama. Even if Bennet mainly won because of Buck’s mistakes, the Democrats will take any positive news they can get. If Murray also holds on, a 53-seat Democratic majority will be something to brag about, although it is far from 59 or 60 seats.
For all of the talk over a “Republican wave” on Tuesday, it appears it didn’t crash onto the Senate as much as many thought it would. The Colorado election results helped salvage that much for the Democrats, as one of their candidates pulled an upset for once.
Yahoo News- “2010 Election: Full Results”
National Journal- “Bennet Wins In Colorado; Washington and Alaska Still Undecided”