by Kirk Woundy
With 95 percent of local votes tabulated, here are a few news bits of note:
• The John Morse-Owen Hill race is as close as they come, the two candidates separated by just 139 votes with more than 22,000 cast. Morse, a Democrat and the Senate majority leader, is in front 48.09 percent to 47.48 percent. Even in a red tide, it's kind of amazing, when you consider Morse's impressive resumé and name recognition, and Hill's relative obscurity.
• Wayne Williams is taking more than two out of three votes in the clerk and recorder's race, over an excellent Democratic candidate in Tom Mowle.
• John Suthers apparently still has a lot of fans in the 4th Judicial District. He's taking more than 70 percent of the Attorney General vote over a very viable candidate in Stan Garnett. (Not that he needed much local help; Suthers is leading Garnett statewide, 57 to 43.)
• Finally, props to John "Doc" Holiday for pulling 18 percent of the vote against incumbent El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, despite deciding that he wouldn't even stay in the country during campaign season.