Denver mayor John Hickenlooper — now governor-elect:
“Thank you Colorado,” Hickenlooper told supporters at the downtown Denver Marriott just after 8:30 p.m. “Colorado has responded to a positive campaign.”
“Our focus was on the issues. We tried to discuss what we were for, and not who we were against.”
“We held onto the belief that we need to find voices that engage and not enrage,” Hickenlooper said.
The former brew pub owner benefited from the collapse of GOP nominee Dan Maes and a split in the state Republican Party. Immigration hard-liner Tom Tancredo got in the race as a third-party candidate but couldn’t overcome Hickenlooper’s widespread popularity.
Maes told supporters in Colorado Springs that he fought the good fight, saying, “We never quit.”