Super-tight runoff for Denver clerk and recorder may not have a clear winner for a week — or longer

Denver’s tightest race in Tuesday’s runoff could end up giving the two candidates seeking to supervise future elections in the city a crash course in recounts.

In a dramatic preliminary finish in the clerk and recorder’s race, outgoing City council member Paul López — who had trailed throughout the night — surged to the lead over public policy attorney Peg Perl with the release of the final unofficial results at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday.

As of 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, when results were updated, López held onto a slim 315-vote margin out of 144,495 votes cast, or slightly more than 0.2 percentage — well inside the 0.5 percentage threshold that triggers an automatic recount.

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