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Denver Mayoral Runoff: Election Night Results, Michael Hancock Wins

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After a Denver mayoral race that started months ago and a runoff for the last month, the city of Denver will finally have a new mayor Tuesday. As it’s too late to mail in the ballots, voters have less than 12 hours to drop off ballots by hand before the 7 p.m. deadline.

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DENVER (AP) -- Denver Councilman Michael Hancock has won a runoff election and will become the city's new mayor.

Hancock defeated former state Sen. Chris Romer Tuesday night after a sometimes feisty campaign that featured more than $4 million in spending. The two Democrats were the top vote getters out of 10 candidates in the May 3 election.

About a third of Denver's 300,000 registered voters had cast ballots by late Tuesday, and unofficial, early totals showed Hancock leading Romer 57 percent to 43 percent, or 49,957 votes to 38,290.

Hancock will be sworn in July 18, replacing interim Mayor Guillermo "Bill" Vidal. Denver's last full-term mayor, Democrat John Hickenlooper, became Colorado's governor in January.

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According to 9News, approximately 30 percent of all mail ballots have been returned in the runoff election as of Tuesday morning and it’s very likely that turnout will be as low as the original mayoral election - as of Tuesday, there are still roughly 200,000 outstanding ballots.

The possibility of a low turnout means every vote that comes in is critical for each candidate, so both Chris Romer and Michael Hancock continued to press the flesh Monday.

CBSDenver reports that Romer, riding around on a city Firetruck engaging with voters was feeling confident stating:

I’m going to win this tomorrow night by 1,000 votes.

Hancock, in an RV, meeting and greeting Denver's electorate, stated to CBSDenver:

I feel very strong going in we’ve done everything I think that we can possibly do to win the race.

Denver voters can still turn in their ballots until 7 p.m. at any of the 13 Voter Service Centers around the city. Find the nearest Service Center to you with this Denver’s Service Center Location Search.

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Chris Romer and Michael Hancock await the final verdict of the Denver voters who decide tonight who will be Denver's next mayor. Will it be Chris Romer, son of former governor Roy Romer? Or Michael Hancock, city councilman and second African American to ever win the Denver office?

As of Tuesday morning, approximately 30 percent of the more than 300,000 ballots issued were returned by mail, in this mail in only election. Any final ballots would need to be returned by hand at any of the city's Voting Service Stations before 7PM this evening.

The Denver Post reports that Denver Elections officials are already busy tallying ballots turned in today with the final ballots still coming in.

Return to the Denver Election Night LiveBlog for constant updates all night as ballots keep coming in.

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According to the Denver Post, Hancock leads with 56.6 percent of the counted votes, Romer trailing by more than 10 percent at 43.3 percent very early in the evening. Hancock has 49,957 votes, Romer has 38,290.

The Denver Post is also already projecting that Hancock will be the next Dever mayor.

Check back for more updates as more results come in...

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According to the Denver Post, here are the early leaders for ballots counted earlier today:

Denver Clerk And Recorder:

Johnson: 51.1 %

McCarthy: 48.8%

Denver City Council District 8:

Brooks: 58.3%

Alston: 41.6%

Denver City Council District 5:

Susman: 50%

Saunders: 49%

Denver City Council District 1:

Shepherd 51.8%

Padilla: 48.1%

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9News has already declared a winner -- they are calling Michael Hancock the new mayor of Denver.

9News is reporting that Hancock took the early 13 percent lead over Romer with first counted votes.

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7News is also calling Michael Hancock the "clear" winner of the runoff race.

Keep checking back for live updates...

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Fox31 is also calling Michael Hancock the winner due to the "overwhelming" number of votes early on in Hancock's favor.

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CBSDenver is now saying that Hancock "is elected as Denver's next mayor."

It looks like a landslide victory for Hancock...

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Well, that was fast. Just about every news outlet is calling it for Hancock. 9News will be live streaming from both candidates headquarters later this evening.

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Denver Elections Division has all the raw numbers for the election tonight - check it out here. Last updated at 7PM.

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CBSDenver reports that about one-third of Denver's 300,000 registered voters cast ballots by late Tuesday.

7News reports that with 88,000 of the 100,000 ballots already counted, Hancock led by 13 points and that difference is too large for Romer to make up.

9News reports that Hancock took a commanding 13 percent lead over Romer in the first count of votes, 56 percent to 43 percent of the vote.

Fox31 reports that Romer, who was widely-viewed as the front-runner at the outset of the runoff, spent the final weeks of the campaign chasing Hancock, who most recently led Romer by 10 points in a poll released just 10 days before the election.

The Denver Post reports that serving as Denver's mayor has been a lifelong dream for Hancock, who overcame a childhood challenged by poverty after his mother divorced his hard-drinking father when Hancock was 6-years-old.

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Check out 9News live streaming from each candidates headquarters as Hancock celebrates his victory and Romer licks his wounds.

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Hancock may be the clear winner in the mayoral race, but many of the other races are still too close to call.

Denver Mayor:

Hancock: 57.5% (63,558)

Romer: 42.4% (46,883)

Denver Clerk And Recorder:

Johnson: 50% (45,369)

McCarthy: 49% (43,662)

Denver City Council District 1:

Shepherd: 52.6% (4,802)

Padilla: 47.3% (4,317)

Denver City Council District 5:

Susman: 50.3% (6,610)

Saunders: 49.6% (6,513)

Denver City Council District 8:

Brooks: 59% (5,730)

Alston 40.5% (3,901)

See all the raw unofficial election results at the Denver Elections Division.

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Romer texted Hancock to congratulate him on his win.

Romer ran the most expensive mayoral race in Denver history, spending 2.5 million dollars.

Romer says he "has no regrets."

Hancock to speak live at his headquarters momentarily, his wife is speaking now, she says, "I'm not going to keep you long, I know you want to hear from Denver's next mayor..."

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Hancock's wife has an amazing voice! She sings to celebrate in an unexpected surprise. More to come...

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'Wow!" Hancock starts. "It is hot as hell up here!"

Hancock gets serious, "For months I have been saying I want to be the mayor of Denver. Well, tonight I want to thank all of Denver."

"I am so grateful to be in a place that embraces a positive outlook... Denver I am proud of my city," Hancock goes on.

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Hancock expresses his enthusiasm an gratitude for this opportunity, "Let's lift this city on our shoulders and cary it forward."

"I just spoke with Chris Romer, he has offered me his congratulations and support. Chris and I agreed that we are going to come together right now, we are all one Denver." Hancock says to cheers and applause.

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Hancock thanks Romer for "a hard-fought campaign."

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Hancock is ready to "deliver a great city to all of Denver - every family, every neighborhood and every business."

Hancock says "No family, no business and no neighborhood will be left behind. WE...WE ARE DENVER!"

"Tomorrow is day one, we will begin our work now to recruit new businesses and jobs in Denver, to deliver a balanced budget, to begin to restore the public trust in the police department," Hancock speaks to the cheers of his supporters.

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Hancock is deeply grateful to his team of volunteers and staff to help him get here.

He thanks his wife Mary, "who has been my rock and my best friend. Tonight, baby, I want to thank you for being my best friend any my wife."

"To our children, whatever was going on they were going to make me laugh," Hancock says fondly of his children.

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Glad to hear it.

Balloons are dropped onto Hancock's supporters and Denver-Elect Michael Hancock ends his speech to cheers and applause.

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As more ballots come in, Hancock gains a larger lead on Romer and some races are still too close to call.

Denver Mayor:

Hancock: 57.7% (66,538)

Romer: 42.2% (48,779)

Denver Clerk And Recorder:

Johnson: 50.9% (45,369)

McCarthy: 49% (43,662)

Denver City Council District 1:

Shepherd: 52.6% (4,802)

Padilla: 47.3% (4,317)

Denver City Council District 8:

Brooks: 59.4% (5,730)

Alston: 40.5% (3,901)

Denver City Council District 5:

Susman: 50.3% (6,610)

Saunders 49.6% (6,513)

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Well, it's all over and the votes have been counted. In what most assumed would be a tight race for Denver's mayor turned into a landslide victory for Michael Hancock and one of the fastet early calls of a mayor's victory in the history of Denver.

All said and done, Hancock's early 13 percent lead over Romer turned into a 16 percent lead with Hancock walking away with almost 20,000 more votes than Romer.

Here are the final results of the mayor's race along with the other offices on the ballot. The mayor's race is decidedly clear, but some of the other races were much tighter, remained too close to call all night, and were finally decided by less than 200 votes.

Denver Mayor:

Hancock: 58% (70,780)

Romer: 41.9% (51,082)

Denver Clerk And Recorder:

Johnson: 51% (49,882)

McCarthy: 48.9% (47,918)

Denver City Council District 8:

Brooks: 59.7% (6,571)

Alston: 40.2% (4,428)

Denver City Council District 5:

Susman: 50.5% (7,202)

Saunders: 49.4% (7,032)

Denver City Council District 1:

Shepherd: 52.6% (5,407)

Padilla: 47.3% (4,859)

See all the raw unofficial final results at the Denver Elections Division.

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