Denver, CO—A Denver election commission report released Tuesday showed that Democrat Hillary Clinton led Republican Donald Trump by more than 17 percentage points in the race for mayor, and that her lead narrowed significantly in the June primary.
Denver election commissioners also reported that a whopping 77% of the vote in Denver’s May primary was cast for Democrats.
Denver’s election commission reports released Tuesday also show that Democrat Joni Ernst won the race to become Colorado’s next governor, defeating Republican Mike Coffman by an overwhelming margin of 76.9%.
Denver elections commissioner Rob Hickey said that the commission’s report, which has been kept secret from the public, was released to the media in order to provide the public with information about the race.
The commission’s initial analysis showed that Clinton won the election, but that it was not conclusive.
The Denver elections commission reports said the margin of victory was only 0.8 percentage points.
However, the commission also said that there were “significant differences” in the vote totals between the two candidates.
“The most significant of those differences is that the vote for Republican Doug Ducey was significantly higher in the May election than it was in the August primary,” Hickey told Business Insider.
Hickey, who is the chairman of the Denver Elections Commission, said that although there were discrepancies in the two election results, the commissioners are confident in their initial conclusions.
“We’ve got the data, we’ve got an analysis that tells us the margin in Denver was 5 percentage points,” Hickels statement read.
“But that margin may be even higher if we look at other precincts.”
The commission, which was formed in January, is conducting a study on the Denver mayoral race.
It will take into account precinct level analysis of the voting records of all eligible voters, including the race results, which is required by state law.
Hickey said the commission has not yet received the results of its study, but said that it has been given a sample of the results that are available from the Denver Police Department.
“It is very, very preliminary,” Hice said.
“They will be going to precincts and collecting the results.
They’re going to compare them to the data we’ve been collecting, so we’ll be able to get a better picture of the race.”
Hickey added that the Denver election was a different type of race from past elections.
“This is the first election that we’ve had in which the race has been decided by the margin, not by the outcome of the election,” Hicckys statement read, noting that he was not surprised by the results given that Denver had a large population of Latinos, which made it a particularly diverse election.
Hicckey said that while there were no racial disparities in Denver, the district in which Denver is located had a disproportionate number of black voters.
“Denver’s Hispanic population has been increasing in recent years,” he said.
The Democratic mayoral candidate, Denver City Councilwoman Kia LaFleur, also received more votes than the Republican challenger.
The Democrats did have an advantage in the number of Latinos who voted, but the results in the mayoral race are not conclusive because of discrepancies in precinct level data from the police department, the Denver Post reported.
The race in Denver is expected to become the first race in Colorado where black voters will vote for a non-Hispanic candidate in a race between a black mayor and a nonwhite candidate.
The election commission is not obligated to report on its findings to the public.
But Hickey and LaFleurs election office did make public that the race in the Denver mayor’s race was “significantly closer” than the race of Coffman.
Coffman’s margin of defeat was closer than that of his opponent in the general election, the Republican Michael Connelly, who received 52% of votes cast.
“Our initial analysis of precincts showed a 5 point margin for Coffman over Connelly.
We’re confident that those differences are not significant,” Hics statement read in part.
“So it’s clear that the city of Denver and its voters have made the right decision.
We hope to have this data publicly available, and hope the race will be resolved by that time.”