The Republican incumbent who has represented a wide swath of eastern Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2014 held the early lead to retain his seat Tuesday.
Rep. Ken Buck had 684 votes in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District and his Democratic opponent, Ike McCorkle, had 59 votes as of 7:05 p.m..
McCorkle ran against Buck in 2020 and lost by 23 points in the solidly conservative district, which has not placed a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2008.
Buck worked as a prosecutor for 25 years — including as Weld County district attorney — before being elected to Congress. His priorities include enacting harsher criminal laws, reining in spending, pursuing anti-trust regulatory efforts against Big Tech companies, and “securing the southern border.”
Buck voted against certifying the 2020 election results but called the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising at the U.S. Capitol that delayed the certification a “riot.” He said his vote against certifying the election was an effort to ensure that state legislatures and secretaries of state were following the Constitution.
McCorkle served 18 years in the U.S. Marine Corps before retiring in 2014. He listed his priorities as reinvesting in rural communities and agriculture as well as addressing climate change.
McCorkle previously told The Denver Post that if he lost on Tuesday he would continue to run for the seat until he won it.