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The recall didn’t change the balance of power in the state Senate — even after losing two seats, the Democrats still control the chamber by a margin of 18-17 — but the recall loss is expected to rein in the party’s aggressive agenda.

“It totally changes what goes on in the state legislature next year,” said Mr. Wadhams. “There’s going to be a reluctance by Democrats to be as activist as they were in the last session. And HIckenlooper’s going to be in overdrive to make sure nothing dangerous gets past him.”

Unfortunately for the recallers, there’s no sign that the Democrats will move to undo their gun-control legislation.

“So far no one’s come forward and said they want to reopen that battle,” said Mr. Hickenlooper.