Mesa County Political Party Leaders React to Election

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The eyes of the nation were on some of the major races in Colorado this year, like the Senate race between Republican senator Cory Gardner, and former governor John Hickenlooper, and the race to represent Colorado’s 3rd Congressional district between Republican Lauren Boebert and Independent Diane Mitsch Bush.

“Hickenlooper is more centrist and we’ll work together to move things on,” says Scott Beilfuss, who unsuccessfully ran for Colorado House District 55, and also serves as the Vice-chair of the Mesa County Democratic Party. “He’s older and he wants to get things done.”

“We were excited, every single candidate we backed we won in Mesa county, and we got Lauren Boebert into Congress, it was a great night, locally,” says Kevin McCarney, the Chair of the Mesa County Republican Party.

Mesa County Republicans said the election went well for them with local candidates sweeping up all of the local races but they also said they were disappointed in how the state voted on some of the ballot measures. “Really disappointing. We thought that possibly there would be a little bit more of a moral stand on abortion,” says McCarney.

Mesa county Democrats didn’t do so well in local races.

“It’s sad that we didn’t get any local Democrats elected,” says Beilfuss. He also says he’s glad some of the important ballot measures went the way the party wanted.

One race that hasn’t been called in the nation, is the race to become the next President of the United States. But as the future of the country hangs in balance, local leaders of both parties in Mesa County are seeing pathways for their candidate’s victory.

“I’m confident the President is going to win and we’ll have 4 more years,” says McCarney.

“There’s 2 or 3 scenarios for Biden to win and they are very realistic,” says Beilfuss.

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