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Rep.-elect Leslie Herod on the campaign trail. (Leslie Herod for HD8 on Facebook)
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Who won biggest in #coleg races? For that and other fun facts, read on

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When the new legislative session gavels in on the second Wednesday in January, the 35-member Senate will look a bit like the House did last year.

Eight of the 10 newly elected senators are former House members. Additionally, Republican Jack Tate of Centennial is a former member of the House who was appointed to a Senate vacancy just ahead of last year’s session.

Twenty of the 65 members of the House will be newly elected  legislators, and four others—Democrat Janet Buckner of Aurora and Republicans Tim Leonard of Evergreen, Cole Wist of Centennial and Lang Sias of Arvada—will be serving their first elected terms after being appointed to vacancies since the last House election in 2014.

Term limits account for much of the static electricity in the Senate and turnover in the House.

Out of 83 races, just four incumbents were ousted on Election Day, all Republicans: Reps. JoAnn Windholz of Commerce City, Kit Roupe of Colorado Springs and J. Paul Brown of Ignacio, along with Sen. Laura Woods of Westminster.

In some races it was a cakewalk.

Democrats in two of the 18 Senate races this year had no general election opposition: former Rep. Dominick Moreno of Commerce City and Matt Jones of Louisville.

Nine of the 65 House districts had uncontested races: Democrats Chris Hansen of Denver, James Rashad Coleman of Denver, Edie Hooten of Boulder, KC Becker of Boulder, Daneya Esgar of Pueblo and Jeni Arndt of Fort Collins, along with Republicans Dan Thurlow of Grand Junction, Bob Rankin of Carbondale and Don Coram of Montrose.

Hansen, Coleman and Hooten were first-time candidates.

The biggest winner among incumbents was Republican Rep. Paul Lundeen of Monument, who got 79.6 percent—40,011 votes of the 50, 269 cast.

House Speaker-designee Crisanta Duran of Denver, a Democrat, was next with 77.3 percent in her race, and Democrat Dan Pabon of Denver had 76.9.

For newcomers, Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat, had the easiest time of all with an 84.8 percent win in her House race.

In the Senate, former Rep. Angela Williams, a Denver Democrat, notched an 81.9 percent win, followed by Democrat Stephen Fenberg of Boulder with 79.6 percent.

Kimmi Lewis of La Junta had 75.5 percent in the general election after beating incumbent Rep. Tim Dore by more than 2 to 1 in the GOP primary.

Former House member Bob Gardner, a Republican, won his Colorado Springs Senate seat with 75.3 percent.

The closest race this election was, not surprisingly, one of the most contested over the last two elections: Woods vs. Democrat Rachel Zenzinger of Arvada.

In 2014 Woods won the Senate seat by 763 votes. Zenzinger won it this year with a 1,478-vote edge out of nearly 82,000 votes.

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