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.
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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06/08/2011 8:20 AM EDT
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.
06/08/2011 12:05 AM EDT
Latest Results - 10PM
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)
06/07/2011 11:29 PM EDT
Hancock: 'I'm Ready!"
Glad to hear it.
Balloons are dropped onto Hancock's supporters and Denver-Elect Michael Hancock ends his speech to cheers and applause.
06/07/2011 11:22 PM EDT
Hancock: 'Tonight We Celebrate This Victory Together'; Thanks Family
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.
06/07/2011 11:20 PM EDT
Hancock: 'WE Are Denver!'
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.
06/07/2011 11:16 PM EDT
Hancock Thanks Romer
Hancock thanks Romer for "a hard-fought campaign."
06/07/2011 11:14 PM EDT
Hancock Is 'Grateful Beyond Words'
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.
06/07/2011 11:13 PM EDT
'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.
06/07/2011 11:09 PM EDT
Hancock's Wife Sings...
Hancock's wife has an amazing voice! She sings to celebrate in an unexpected surprise. More to come...
06/07/2011 11:08 PM EDT
The Details Emerge...
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..."