BREAKING: Colorado Recall – Anti Gun Senate President John Morse RECALLED
State Senate President and one of the architects of Colorado’s passage of strict gun control measures earlier this year, John Morse, has conceded the Colorado recall election. He is now officially recalled.
The final results have approximately 51% of voters voting in favor of recalling Morse.
Political analysts thought John Morse would need a strong turnout in order to keep his state senate seat in Colorado.
Unfortunately for him, he did not get it. State Senate President and one of the architects of Colorado’s passage of strict gun control measures earlier this year has been officially RECALLED.
The votes recorded, according the Denver Post, were as followed, “The El Paso County clerk’s office records vote totals by party affiliation as follows: Republicans 6,647; Democrats, 5,784; and unaffiliated, 4,580.”
That was out of nearly 70,000 registered voters in Morse’s district.
Both sides of the gun debate at the national level got involved in the local race.
According to the NY Times, billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Eli Broad have each donated over $250,000 to defending the anti-gun senators during the recall bid.
The NRA’s contribution was in the $100,000 range, with total donations from conservative outlets estimated in the half a million dollar range.
According to the Times,
The influx of money has allowed each side to claim that its opponents are being manipulated by outside interests. One advertisement by the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners said Mr. Morse was taking “marching orders” from the “billionaire playboy” Mr. Bloomberg. A fund-raising e-mail from Senator Gillibrand called the election “a wrongful recall by the N.R.A.”
Colorado’s vote is being watched closely around the nation as a litmus test of how voters respond to new gun measures in a swing state with an ingrained culture of hunting, sport shooting and gun ownership.
“There’s symbolic importance to both sides,” said Eric Sondermann, a political analyst in Denver. “If they’re recalled, it would be interpreted as a rejection of the gun control agenda, a rejection of what Colorado passed. If these two prevail, then maybe that’s one more nick in the armor of the N.R.A. and the gun advocates.”