Mike Coffman declared victory in a tight Aurora mayor’s race more than a week after election day.
Coffman leads Omar Montgomery by 215 votes in a race where more than 74,600 ballots were cast, according to the Secretary of State Office’s unofficial results.
“This is really about taking my experiences in terms of legislative leadership and negotiating a common vision to move Aurora forward,” Coffman, a former Republican U.S. representative who served from 2009 to 2019, said during a news conference on Thursday.
Coffman said the amount of votes that have yet to be counted still wouldn’t be enough to require a recount even if all those votes went for Montgomery.
Montgomery has yet to concede the race.
The race was too close to call after the election, but Coffman was at one point up by as much as eight percentage points on election night, Nov. 5.
On Wednesday, both candidates said they were still curing ballots before a midnight deadline.
Last week, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold blamed the U.S. Postal Service for hundreds of replacement ballots not being delivered to voters until election day. Of those ballots, 664 included the Aurora mayor’s race and 141 votes were made out of the 664 ballots.
“This is nonpartisan and I plan on governing that way,” Coffman added Thursday.