Nov 022010
 
Authors: Madeline Novey

Former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has won the vote for Colorado governor with 53 percent of the vote.

He took the race with 466,533 votes over opponent Tom Tancredo, who garnered 317,099 votes, or 36 percent of the votes, according to results posted on 9NEWS.com.

“It starts with bringing people together,” he said to a crowd holding “Vote Hick” signs.

He said to his opponent, gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo, and Cory Gardner, who took Congressional District 4 over opponent Betsy Markey, that it’s time to set aside differences and work together to get Colorado back on track.

“John is the right man at the right time to lead this state into the future,” said Joseph Garcia, Hickenlooper’s lieutenant governor and president of Colorado State University-Pueblo.

“What a great great lieutenant governor he is going to be,” Hickenlooper said of Garcia.

Staff writers Andrew Carerra and Chadwick Bowman just left the Deomcratic governor candidate John Hickenlooper’s Election Night party at the Pinnacle Club in Aurora, arriving at 38th floor of the Denver Marriot City Center at 17th Street and California where Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., is campaigning for reelection against opponent and GOP candidate Ken Buck.

About 800 to 900 people have gathered in attendance, and Bennet is walking around with his son, shaking hands.

The party is a gathering of close friends and supporters.

Sen. Mark Udall has just arrived. No one has spoken yet.

The two reporters are en route to the Stampede Country Dance Hall at 2403 S. Havana Street in Aurora as of 8:29 p.m.

There is a much more casual crowd with far more republican attendees.

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo is at the event.

Bowman reported back to the newsroom at 9:14 p.m.

He said that Bennet’s spokesman Trevor Kincaid said they are “feeling good about early numbers.”

Carerra and photographer Samantha Baker just heard Tancredo concede the race and are about to interview him.

Check back to Collegian.com for more updates on the races throughout the night.

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