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Dems poised to clean up again in Eagle County
Democrat Jared Polis had a big lead both in Eagle County and the entire 2nd Congressional District as of 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Dems poised to clean up again in Eagle County

By David O. Williams

November 4, 2008 —  Eagle County seemed to be moving even more into the blue Tuesday, overwhelmingly supporting the Democratic Obama/Biden ticket over McCain/Palin 9,383 to 5,656 after backing Sen. John Kerry in 2004. All tallies provided by the clerk’s office as of 11 p.m. were partial (a little more than 50 percent) and unofficial.

The formerly conservative county also was going for Democrat Mark Udall for U.S. Senate 8,880 votes to 5,390. Overall, Udall was up 52 to 43 percent with 66 percent of the vote counted statewide at 11 p.m. Schaffer had conceded the race.

County voters were backing openly gay Internet entrepreneur Jared Polis of Boulder for the 2nd Congressional District seat 8,227 votes to 5,431 votes for Republican aerospace engineer Scott Starin of Lafayette. Polis also was easily winning the overall race.

So leaning toward an African American for president and a gay man for Congress, the county looked like it might make it a diversity trifecta by selecting Democratic state House Rep. Christine Scanlan of Dillon for House District 56. Instead, county voters were backing filmmaker and former Muslim political pundit Republican Ali Hasan 6,205-6,136.

Overall, though, Scanlan was ahead 16.045 votes to 13,460 with more than 80 percent of the vote in , proving Hasan’s nearly quarter of a million dollars spent on a state House race might only buy him Eagle County, leaving Summit and Lake counties firmly in Scanlan’s camp.

Democrats Jon Stavney and incumbent Peter Runyon were also ahead of their Republican challengers for Eagle County commissioner seats, hoping to join Democrat Sara Fisher for a Dem sweep of the board.

Unofficial Eagle County Election Results (just over 50 percent tallied)

Barack Obama/Joe Biden – 9383
John McCain/Sarah Palin – 5656

U.S. Senate
Mark Udall- 8880
Bob Schaffer – 5390

2nd Congressional District
Jared Polis - 8227
Scott Starin - 5431

House District 56
Ali Hasan - 6205
Christine Scanlan – 6136

Eagle County Commissioner – District 1
Peter Runyon - 7271
Dick Gustafson – 6867

Eagle County Commissioner – District 1
Jon Stavney - 7498
Debbie Buckley - 6507

Avon Town Council
Amy Phillips – 604
Albert “Buz” Reynolds – 600
Kristi Ferraro - 589



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