Boulder Democrat Joe Neguse reelected to third term in U.S. House
Democrat Joe Neguse will retain his seat representing Colorado’s second congressional district in the U.S. House after beating Republican Marshall Dawson by a wide margin on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Neguse was expected to prevail in the Democratic-leaning district which consists of Front Range communities like Boulder and Fort Collins, in addition to mountain communities such as Steamboat Springs, Vail and Summit County. Although he is expected to win, Neguse said he does not take victory for granted.
“It’s been the honor of my life to serve in Congress, to represent our community, our mountain communities, to represent Colorado’s Second District,” Neguse said Tuesday night. “(I’m) very much looking forward to the road ahead of us.”
As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, Neguse held a 70% to 28% lead in the race with the 145,600 votes cast for Neguse far exceeding Dawson’s 57,400.
Neguse’s victory will send him to the House for a third term, but the first since Routt and Jackson counties were added to the district in a redistricting process last fall. Neguse said it was a privilege to know Routt County voters.
“Mountain communities are central to Colorado and who we are as Coloradans,” Neguse said. “I think there’s a lot to be done, whether it’s protecting our public lands (or) meeting some of the acute needs that our mountain communities are facing.”
Dawson, who lives about 20 minutes from Neguse in Boulder County, was not sweating the results Tuesday night and said he was more worried about how other elections across Colorado would go.
“I don’t feel a ton of pressure, mostly because I’m not really expected to win,” Dawson said before the polls closed. “If we could pull a rabbit out of a hat I think that would be great. I think CD2 deserves better representation and I’m happy to do that.
Dawson said he felt his approach of not wanting the federal government to be authoritarian resonated with supporters. Dawson also said he met many longtime Coloradans on the campaign trail, especially in parts of the West Slope that are new to the district.
“My heart breaks for people like this who are frustrated to have been sorted with Boulder,” Dawson said. “They feel like no one in this county has their best interests at heart.”
Neguse said he is excited to meet with more stakeholders in Routt County now that he will officially represent the district.
“I look forward to being able to visit Routt County often,” Neguse said.
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