• By: Megan Schrader  April 9, 2016 photo - Darryl Glenn

    Darryl Glenn 

    El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn won handily at the Colorado Republican Convention on Saturday, keeping nine other candidates off the ballot by winning a whopping 70 percent of the vote.

    However, Glenn will face up to four candidates in a June primary. Those candidates skipped the assembly process and gathered signatures to petition onto the ballot.

    Glenn was confident Saturday morning before he addressed nearly 4,000 delegates at The Broadmoor World Arena.

    “It’s very comfortable,” Glenn said about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. “This is a great time. It’s going to be nice narrowing the field.”

    His speech went over well, with huge applause from the crowd.

    That might have played a role in his win. People in the concourse waiting hours for the chance to vote were talking about Glenn’s speech.

    But Glenn was the first one into the race, announcing in January he would seek the party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, in November.

    “It was always in God’s hands,” Glenn said on the floor of the arena, surrounded by supporters, including two emotional volunteers who were crying. “The plan was to recognize the importance of the grass-roots campaign. I ran as a Christian constitutional conservative, and I’m speaking from my heart, and we can win this race.”

    Glenn said he was been traveling the state, knocking on doors in every county and working hard.

    Some had thought state Sen. Tim Neville would likely win the nomination Saturday because of his ties to the politically powerful Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. Neville came in second with 18 percent of the vote but fell short of the 30 percent threshold to make the ballot.

    The deadline to turn in signatures to petition onto the ballot was April 5. It takes 10,500 signatures to qualify, including 1,500 from each congressional district.

    The secretary of state’s office is verifying those signatures to make sure they are valid registered voters.

    Glenn is term-limited on the County Commission. He also served more than a decade on the Colorado Springs City Council.

    He said he is the candidate to unify the party and beat Bennet in November.

    “He’s not going to be able to pander to the other side saying I’m a racist, sexist homophobe,” Glenn said.

    “He’s going to have to run on his record, and we’re going to win.”

    El Paso County Commissioner Peg Littleton was also in the race. She placed third with 6 percent of the vote.


    Posted by Dana West @ 6:42 am for Adams County Politics, Candidates, Colorado politics, Denver area politics, Elections, National politics |

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