Colorado held recall elections on Tuesday night to decide whether or not to oust two Democratic state senators who supported stricter gun controls in the wake of events such as last year's shooting in Aurora. State Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Senator Angela Giron of Pueblo are both being out up for a vote. This is is the first state senate recall election in the state's history. The elections have gained the national spotlight as "New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), one of the country’s most vocal gun control advocates, and the National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest gun rights group, have each spent six figures, telling you everything you need to know about what’s at stake in Colorado."
With 86% of votes counted and 52% voting for his ouster and 48% against, Morse has already conceded, standing by the stricter gun legislation the state legislature passed, including universal background checks and 15-round limits on high-capacity magazines. Of the nearly 70,000 voters in Morse's district, Democrats composed 34% of the body while unaffiliated voters comprised 38%, but it apparently was not enough. Morse told reports earlier today that, "Our turnout is well below what we expected."
Things haven't been this bleak for Colo Dems since 2002 blowout. is the GOP back.— Lynn Bartels (@lynn_bartels) September 11, 2013
Sen. Giron, also up being considered for recall, serves the Pueblo and, via The Denver Post, it's "a blue-collar, blue-dog Democratic town and 20 percent of the voters who signed petitions to recall the senator were Democrats."
As of 10 p.m. in Colorado, Giron was also losing her recall election, 56.9% to 43%, but that number is with only 43% of votes reported.
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