Mike Coffman Declares Victory In Aurora Mayor Race Shortly Before Expected Update On Vote Totals

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Former Rep. Mike Coffman declares victory in Aurora mayoral race on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.

Former Rep. Mike Coffman declared victory in the Aurora mayoral election at a press conference outside the Aurora Municipal Building on Thursday. 

Coffman thanked his competitors and thanked Aurora for "a vote of confidence."

He also said he won't be upset if his closest opponent -- Aurora NAACP President Omar Montgomery -- calls for a recount.

Coffman leads Montgomery by 215 votes according to final results.

The Montgomery campaign confirmed to CPR News that he is expecting to concede and congratulate Coffman.

Arapahoe County, where most of the city of Aurora resides, did its final vote update at 4:39 p.m. The results will remain unofficial until Nov. 26 when the county officials certify it.

Aurora also falls in two other counties -- Douglas and Adams. Both counties will certify their results by Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. 

This comes nine days after Election Day.

"On Election Day, I only wrote a concession speech," Coffman said at the press conference.

At the end of election night, Coffman had a 7 percent lead on Montgomery, but as more votes were counted in ensuing days, the margin decreased dramatically. 

More than 74,000 people cast their votes.

An additional 664 ballots in the Aurora race were not delivered to voters until the day of the election. No accommodations were made for those voters. 

According to Winna MacLaren, spokesperson for Arapahoe County, if the people who didn’t get their ballot till the day of still voted by 7 p.m., they were counted. However, if a voter turned in their ballot after that deadline, their votes were not counted in the final tally. Instead, they only received voter credit. 

Denverite reporter Kevin J. Beaty contributed reporting to this story.