McCain wins Garfield County by two votes |

McCain wins Garfield County by two votes

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” It’s official. Sen. John McCain carried Garfield County in the Nov. 4 presidential election.

McCain beat President-elect Barack Obama by just two votes, according to a final tally of the votes this week. McCain received 11,359 votes and Obama received 11,357 votes in the county, according to unofficial final election results.

County election workers were surprised on election night when preliminary unofficial results showed each candidate received exactly 11,223 votes in Garfield County.

But 330 provisional ballots broke that tie. Election workers had until Tuesday to finish counting those.

In presidential elections, Garfield County has traditionally shown its Republican red at the voting booth. The county voted Republican in 18 of the past 22 presidential elections, dating back to the 1920 election between Republican Warren Harding and Democrat James Cox.

The only Democratic presidential candidates to receive the majority of votes in Garfield County were Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 and 1936, Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and Bill Clinton in 1992.

Garfield County has favored GOP candidates 22 times since 1876, gone with Democrats on 10 occasions, and once supported a Populist Party candidate ” James Baird Weaver, in 1892.

In Garfield County, Democrat Mark Udall beat Republican Bob Schaffer 11,071 to 10,251. Third Congressional District Democratic candidate John Salazar beat Republican Wayne Wolf 13,241 to 8,941 in the county. In the Senate 8 race, won by Republican Al White, Democrat Ken Brenner carried Garfield County, 9,932 to 9,855.

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