The results of yesterday’s elections could be telling of what to expect in 2014. While Morse’s district was more evenly split with party registration, Giron sat in a district with a much larger Democratic voter registration and was expected to pull through. Turnout for the election was low, but the election did bring in significant campaign funds, about $3.5 million dollars, a lot of it coming from out of state, showing the national significance and interest of the recalls.
Morse and Giron faced the recalls due to the recent gun control bills passed in the 2013 legislative session by the Democratically-controlled CO state legislature. They were the first such bills passed in over ten years, and it was a hot topic issue in a state that is well known for the Columbine High School and Aurora shootings, but is also known for its bipartisan passion of hunting and sport shooting.