Republicans rule in Otero County, but not necessarily in the state

In Manzanola, looks like the bond issue for the new school (and accompanying BEST grant) are going down again, although many ballots remain to be counted. The overall vote in Otero County is between 6,000 and 7,000, and fewer than 3,000 have been counted as this account is written, so anything can happen. That’s what keeps us up till 10 to see our results and that’s what keeps us up till 2 a.m., waiting for the West Coast votes to come in.

It’s rare that the early count is not predictive of the outcome, however, so have to say, win some, lose some. That is looking at the Otero County vote, so far. Things may be very different as the Northern Colorado votes and the metropolitan votes come in.

In the county offices, early returns favor John Hostetler for county commissioner and Lyn Scott for county clerk.

Overwhelming winners in the ballot issues both here and statewide appear to be Y and Z, which would establish an independent board to determine congressional districts. Broadband for the County, Question 1A, appears to be winning handily. Amendment 110, which would have funded road work with a minimal increase of state sales tax, is apparently going down, while 109, which promises the same but has no source of funding (except taking away from public schools) is passing as of this writing. Amendment 74 (protection of private property rights above government) appears to be going down, as does Amendment 73 (new taxes to support public education taken from higher income groups). Apparently we are almost all opposed to slavery.