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Colorado House race decided

December 11, 2002

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— Republican Bob Beauprez won Colorado's new House seat by 121 votes Tuesday, defeating Democrat Mike Feeley after a recount wrapped up the nation's last undecided congressional race.

Beauprez received 81,789 votes and Democrat Mike Feeley ended up with 81,668 votes in the suburban Denver district. Secretary of State Donetta Davidson announced the results after three counties completed the recount triggered by the race's slim margin.

The GOP victory means the new breakdown of the House will be 229 Republicans and 204 Democrats, with one independent and a seat in Hawaii still to be determined. The late Rep. Patsy Mink, D-Hawaii, was elected posthumously on Nov. 5. Hawaii voters will choose her replacement Jan. 4.

With five weeks of uncertainty over, Feeley called Beauprez to congratulate him.

"Best of luck as you embark on your new adventure," Feeley said he told his opponent. Both men went through freshman orientation for House members in Washington.

The 7th District was created this year because of population growth and was evenly divided among Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters. The race was rated a tossup from the start.

At the end of Election Day, Beauprez led by 386 votes, but clerks in the three counties were ordered by a judge to count every qualified provisional ballot. When those returns were released, Beauprez led Feeley by 122 votes. The recount cost him a single vote.

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