Republicans will maintain their majority in the Colorado state Senate for another two years, stealing a previously Democratic-held seat in Adams County for the second election in a row in order to prevent Democrats from having full control of the state Capitol.

GOP leaders claimed victory late Wednesday in the open Senate District 25 contest, with state Rep. Kevin Priola of Henderson appearing to win a six-point victory over former Democratic state Rep. Jenise May in the seat that stretches from Brighton down through Thornton.

That victory in a seat that has been held by term-limited Democratic Sen. Mary Hodge of Brighton offsets Republican state Sen. Laura Woods’ loss of her Arvada-area Senate District 19 seat to Democratic former state Sen. Rachel Zenzinger.

And it will maintain the 18-17 lead that Republicans have held in the chamber since the 2014 election, when now-Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik, R-Thornton, won a different open seat in that county from a term-limited Democrat.

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