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Denver city council at-large incumbents cruising; open seats head to runoff

There were some surprises in the Denver City Council races.
Credit: Colorado Politics
The six candidates for two at-large Denver City Council seats debate issues April 2 at the Denver Art Museum. Shown from left are: Jesse Parris, Johnny Hayes, incumbent Deborah Ortega, moderator Wendy Brockman, Tony Pigford, Lynne Langdon and incumbent Robin Kniech.

DENVER — Incumbents Deborah "Debbie" Ortega and Robin Kniech were well in front in a large field of candidates for Denver's two at-large city council seats in unofficial returns Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in the race for the open council seat in District 1, Amanda Sandoval enjoyed a wide lead in partial returns, but was well short of a 50% majority needed to avoid a runoff with second-place finisher Mike Somma.

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In open District 3, Jamie Torres led Veronica Elizabeth Barela by nearly 3 percentage points in returns as of 5 a.m.

Incumbents Kendra Black in District 4 and Stacie Gilmore in District 11 was elected with roughly three-quarters of the vote in unofficial returns, and incumbent Chris Herndon was hovering just above 51% in District 8.

Read the full story at Colorado Politics: bit.ly/2LDGASS

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