Democratic candidate Ken Salazar has been declared the victor in
one of the nation’s most strongly contested races for the U.S.
Republican Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who is stepping down,
previously occupied the Senate seat that Salazar will take
The first time Salazar took the stage at the Marriott Hotel in
Lower Downtown Denver, it was for his pre-emptive speech when a
winner had not yet been decided.
“I simply wanted to come down and thank you from the bottom of
my heart for giving me the opportunity to have the ride of my
life,” Salazar said as he thanked his supporters. “You have been
the wind beneath my wings and I love you all.”
Pete Coors accepted his loss graciously.
“I had the opportunity to call Ken Salazar and congratulate
him,” Coors said. “We ran a wonderful, positive campaign. I’d be
disappointed if I didn’t give this an effort. This is a great
process and this is a great country.”
Coors continued by celebrating with fellow Republicans on the
predicted re-election of George W. Bush.
“We can all be thrilled we got George W. Bush for four more
years,” Coors said.
Chris Gates, chair of Colorado Democratic Party, thanked
supporters for coming out earlier in the night while he urged them
to remain patient and not trust the preliminary polls.
“We are so happy you are here,” Gates said. “We just got to stay
cool and tough it out. It is going to be a tough call.”
At 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, CSU political science Professor John
Straayer projected Salazar would pull out with a win and that the
Colorado Senate race would not encounter the problems that the
national election has in the past.
“I projected Salazar would win it narrowly,” Straayer said. “It
seems to me things have gone quite smoothly in Colorado.”
When Salazar was finally declared the winner, he once again
thanked his supporters and then commented on his plans to create a
“Tonight is a great victory for the state of Colorado,” Salazar
said. “I want to thank each and every one of you for your
As for Coors, he ended his concession speech with a sense of
humor by describing his future plans.
“I will now go back to having the greatest job in the world:
running a beer company,” Coors said.