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Thread .. Weld County election results

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By Belen Ward

GREELEY – Incumbent Weld County Commissioner at-large Steve Moreno has a sizable lead late on Election Night.

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As of 9:45 p.m., Moreno had almost 65 percent of the vote to Carl Erickson's 30 percent.

A much closer race seems to be for the Weld County Council at-large seat. Incumbent Charles Tucker trails Tonya Van Beber by a 39 percent to 38 percent margin. That translates to about 500 votes as of 8 p.m. In the race for the county council's District 3 seat, James Welch leads Christopher Woodruff by a margin of 43 percent to 37 percent. Fort Lupton's Paul Echternacht has 20 percent of the vote.

Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams is running unopposed.

Weld County voters do not like Proposition 112. Early returns showed a margin of 3-to-1 against the so-called fracking initiative. The rest of the state didn't like it either. Voters turned it down by a wide margin.

Amendment 74, the measure in which governments would have to pay fair market value for decreased property values, is passing in Weld County with 54 percent of the vote. The state voters turned it down.

Amendment 75 is not doing well in Weld County. This is the measure that says if  statewide candidates who accept more than $1 million for their races, then their opponents could accept five times the aggregate amount of campaign contributions normally allowed. The state's voters said no to this one, too.

Weld County voters aren't thrilled with Amendment 73 either. Early returns showed it losing in the county by a margin of greater than 3-to-1. The state's voters voted it down. It would have increased taxes to help pay for education.

County voters wanted Walker Stapleton as governor. He had 62 percent of the county's vote to Jared Polis' 35 percent. But Polis won the statewide race and will be sworn into office next year.

More updates later.