As the numbers slowly role in from Boulder County’s provisional
ballots, ambiguity still lingers between Republican candidate
Marilyn Musgrave and Democratic candidate Stan Matsunaka in the
race for the 4th Congressional District seat.
This uncertainty is predominately because of delays in Boulder
County, as it becomes one of the last sets of ballots still to be
“We’re still trying to figure out the provisional ballots, but
my campaign manager is supposed to let me know,” Matsunaka said.
“I’ll hopefully be making an announcement in the next few days, but
it’s just a matter of the provisional ballots. There are about
1,000 votes still unaccounted for.”
Delays have set back Matsunaka’s decision to concede to
Musgrave, who has won 153,607 votes, or 51.11percent, compared to
Matsunaka who has taken 134,496, or 44.75 percent, of the votes,
according to the Denver Post.
“I can understand Matsunaka wanting to wait until we certify our
votes,” said James Barrus, media information officer for Boulder
County. “There were a lot of things that conspired to cause the
Some of the delays were in part because of misprinted and
damaged ballots, Barrus said.
“There were literally a couple thousand ballots damaged and the
company we went through didn’t know why,” Barrus said.
Boulder County was also delayed by a lawsuit it faced
challenging the constitutional ballot process that delayed it
another two days.
“If you didn’t vote or over-voted or did a write-in candidate
then a pair of election judges had to guess the intent of your
vote,” Barrus said. “All of the early voter ballots, absentee
ballots and election day ballots have been counted. There still are
about 2,500 provisional ballots and a couple hundred of ballots
that were damaged that need to be looked at.”