by Ralph Routon
We won't know the final numbers tonight, but the drama appears to be over already in the El Paso County Republican primary election.
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, state House Majority Leader Amy Stephens and County Commissioners Sallie Clark and Dennis Hisey have comfortable leads after the first release of vote totals from the Clerk and Recorder's office.
The biggest surprise came in the state Senate District 10 race, with Owen Hill trouncing term-limited state Rep. Larry Liston.
No more results are likely tonight because of the Waldo Canyon fire being so close to the Citizens Service Center's ballot counting center on West Garden of the Gods Road.
Lamborn leads challenger Robert Blaha by about a 60-40 margin, which should be more than enough regardless of results from other counties in the 5th Congressional District. Blaha already has conceded defeat, Indy reporter Chet Hardin says.
Stephens has a similar lead over Rep. Marsha Looper in the battle for House District 19, which was left with two incumbents after redistricting.
Clark, seeking a third term as the commissioner for District 3, has nearly 60 percent to be well ahead of challenger Karen Magistrelli. Clark canceled a post-election downtown celebration party because of the fire's unexpected developments and widespread evacuations.
Hisey pulled to a margin of about 56-44 percent over challenger Auddie Cox in District 4, with Hisey also seeking a third term.
The results so far:
CONGRESS - DISTRICT 5 REP
Total Votes 57277
Doug Lamborn 34728 60.63%
Robert Blaha 22549 39.37%
STATE SENATE - DISTRICT 10 REP
Total Votes 14548
Owen Hill 8875 61.00%
Larry G. Liston 5673 39.00%
STATE REPRESENTATIVE - DISTRICT 19 REP
Total Votes 11807
Amy Stephens 7047 59.68%
Marsha A. Looper 4760 40.32%
STATE REPRESENTATIVE - DISTRICT 21 REP
Total Votes 3517
Lois Landgraf 2128 60.51%
Albert Sweet 1389 39.49%
County Commissioner District 3 REP
Total Votes 14032
Sallie Clark 8326 59.34%
Karen Magistrelli 5706 40.66%
County Commissioner District 4 REP
Total Votes 5226
Dennis C Hisey 2928 56.03%
Auddie Lee Cox 2298 43.97%