Incumbent candidate GOP Rep. Mike Coffman edged out a win Tuesday evening in Colorado’s 6th congressional district, beating Democratic state Sen. Morgan Carroll for the seat.
The election was important for veterans and one of the most widely anticipated races in the country, as it is the toughest Coffman has faced since his first election in 2009.
An Iraq War veteran, Coffman serves as a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and has been crucial in holding the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable, especially when it comes to the construction of the new VA facility in Aurora, Colorado, which has suffered scandal after scandal.
Coffman is particularly known for some of his aggressive interactions with VA officials, namely VA Secretary Robert McDonald.
Although Carroll didn’t manage to unseat Coffman, she did manage to push Coffman away from open and outright support of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, largely due to increasing ethnic diversity surrounding Denver.
“People ask me, ‘what do you think about (Donald) Trump?’ Honestly, I don’t care for him much,” Coffman said in early August.
Unfortunately for Carroll, a recent campaign visit from Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders did not push her over into victory.
In 2012 during the last election, Coffman won by just two percentage points. He’s held onto his seat since 2009, and given the results of Tuesday evening, that trend is set to continue.
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