Denver Post calls Colorado Senate race for Dem Bennet

In Colorado, Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck have been locked in a Senate race that’s been one of the closer statewide contests this election with many suspecting it would take a while before it would be known before who the eventual winner was.

That’s changed according to the Denver Post newspaper which is now (before the AP) calling the state for Bennet:

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.

Update 11:18. AP is still refusing to call the race.

Update 1:24. Bennet has declared victory:

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet is declaring victory in a tight race against tea party Republican Ken Buck.

In a Facebook posting Wednesday morning, Bennet says, “Thank you to everyone who made this victory possible.”

Bennet was clinging to a narrow lead over Buck. With 88 percent of the projected vote counted, Buck is leading by about 7,500 votes out of 1.4 million cast.

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