Western Wire Roundup: Election Night Results In West
Western Wire takes a quick look at some important races across the west that impact energy issues and particularly, those of oil and gas.
All results as of 10:30pm, MST.
In Colorado, the Attorney General race between Democrat Phil Weiser and Republican George Brauchler remains tight, with Weiser clinging to a 2-point lead, with 33,000 votes separating him and his opponent out 1.8 million votes counted. It’s the only top-of-ticket race in the state that remains uncalled at this time. About 500,000 ballots are outstanding, so this race could go on for a while.
The big oil and gas issue in Colorado, the proposed 2,500-foot setback measure known as Proposition 112, has been defeated. No votes lead by approximately 14 percent, or 255,000 votes. Governor-elect Jared Polis, a Democrat who opposed Proposition 112, cruised to a 6-point victory over Republican Walker Stapleton. Polis has supported increased setbacks in the past.
The U.S. Senate race in North Dakota saw U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, a Republican, unseat incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp by an 8-point margin.
In neighboring Montana, incumbent Democrat Jon Tester holds a narrow 1.5-point lead of around 4,000 votes over Republican Matt Rosendale with approximately half of the votes counted. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte has a 7-point lead over Democrat Kathleen Williams.