- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DENVER (AP) - A look at results in Tuesday’s midterm elections in Colorado.

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TOP OF THE TICKET

Republican Rep. Cory Gardner defeated incumbent Sen. Mark Udall to win one of the seats the GOP needed to win control of the Senate. During the campaign, Gardner and his conservative allies stressed Udall’s support for President Barack Obama while Udall focused on women’s issues, a tactic that helped Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet narrowly win in 2010. Gardner, who described himself as a “new kind of Republican,” is the first Republican in a decade to win a top-of-the-ticket race in Colorado.

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GOVERNOR

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper narrowly won a second term in office, defeating Republican challenger Bob Beauprez after a campaign focused on the death penalty and gun-control legislation. The contest was Hickenlooper’s toughest of his career, and although he stumbled at times, his victory showed that he continues to be a political force in this state.

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CONGRESS

Voters sent all of Colorado’s congressional incumbents back to Washington - including GOP Rep. Mike Coffman, who faced a tough challenge from Democrat Andrew Romanoff in the newly redrawn 6th Congressional District in the suburbs south and east of Denver. Coffman tempered his position on immigration and abortion rights and learned Spanish to increase his appeal in the district almost evenly divided among Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters. Last month, the two debated in Spanish, what was believed to be the first Colorado congressional debate in a language other than English. Indirect spending from outside groups made it Colorado’s most expensive congressional contest in history.

Republican Ken Buck won in eastern Colorado’s 4th Congressional District, a seat opened up by Gardner’s decision to challenge Udall in the Senate race.

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BALLOT MEASURES

Voters rejected ballot measures that would have required the labeling of certain genetically modified foods, allowed casino gambling at some horse tracks to help fund public schools, and the third attempt in recent years to grant so-called “personhood” rights to unborn children. However, they did say “yes” to requiring some school board negotiations with teachers’ unions to be open to the public.

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CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICES

Coloradans picked Republican Cynthia Coffman over former Adams County district attorney Don Quick to succeed Attorney General John Suthers, who is retiring. She’s the state’s first new AG in 10 years.

Republican Treasurer Walker Stapleton beat Democrat Betsy Markey, a Fort Collins businesswoman and former member of Congress, to win a second term.

Voters also a new secretary of state to succeed Republican Scott Gessler, who resigned for an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid. Republican El Paso County clerk and recorder Wayne Williams defeated Democrat Joe Neguse, currently a University of Colorado regent.

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LEGISLATURE

Colorado Republicans were aiming to erase Democrats’ one-seat majority in the state Senate and cut into, if not overturn, the Democrats’ 37-28 majority in the House.

Democrats have controlled the Senate since 2005, but Republicans felt they were within striking distance of a majority, partly because two districts had open seats being vacated by term-limited Democrats - Sen. Lois Tochtrop in Thornton and Sen. Gail Schwartz in Snowmass Village.

In the state Senate, Democrats won back two seats taken by Republicans in a recall over gun control measures.

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Associated Press writers Ivan Moreno and Nicholas Riccardi contributed to this report.

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