By Avery McGaha
Democrats have failed to take the seat necessary for majority control of the University of Colorado Board of Regents, according to data collected by The Denver Post.
The Board of Regents is a publicly elected body that oversees the direction of the entire University of Colorado system, including major policies and nominating a president. They also control the system’s $3 billion budget. Seven regents represent congressional districts in Colorado, while two are “at large,” representing the whole state.
Three out of nine seats were contested this election. The 6th Congressional District seat, vacated by Republican Jim Geddes, left the balance of power vulnerable to Democratic takeover.
However, Republicans held onto the 6th Congressional District. Republican candidate John Carson led Democratic challenger Naquetta Ricks by nearly 14 percent late Tuesday night, with 70 percent of polls reporting.
Democrats managed to retain Districts 2 and 7, leaving the balance of power with five Republican regents and four Democrats.
In District 2, Democrat Linda Shoemaker led Republican Kim McGahey by almost 8 percent, with 85 percent of polls reporting.
In District 7, Democratic incumbent Irene Griego led Libertarian challenger Steve Golter by 17.9 percent, with 72 percent of polls reporting.
According to The Boulder Daily Camera, redistricting in the 6th Congressional District in 2011 split the traditionally Republican “stronghold” of the Aurora area into a battleground.
The redistricting carved the 6th District into a pie shared roughly equally among Republicans, Democrats, and independent voters. That meant a tough race for U.S. House incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman, but also tightened the race for CU Board of Regents.