ELECTION: Neguse wins Colorado 2nd Congressional district seat

Democrat Joe Neguse defeated Republican opponent Peter Yu Tuesday to win Colorado’s 2nd Congressional district seat, a position held by Governor-elect Jared Polis.

The district includes northwestern portions of the Denver metro area, Boulder, Fort Collins and Loveland. Polis has represented the district since 2009.

Neguse, a Boulder attorney and former University of Colorado regent, will become Colorado’s first African American congressman.

“I am so honored and humbled to have won the support of folks from across this incredible District. With so much vitriol right now in Washington and our political system, we must remember that, while fear is contagious, so is hope,” Neguse said in a prepared statement.

“Tonight, I am deeply hopeful for the future of our country, as we work together to rebuild our democracy,” he said. “I will work each and every day fighting for progress for my district and our great state, and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and undertaking the work of governing to solve the pressing challenges of our time.”

Channel 9 News called the race for Neguse at about 8:20 p.m. At that time, he had secured 172,303, or about 59 percent, of votes counted.

Yu, a Loveland businessman, had 105,637 votes, or about 36 percent of the votes counted.

Democrat Joe Neguse defeated Republican opponent Peter Yu Tuesday to win Colorado’s 2nd Congressional district seat, a position held by Governor-elect Jared Polis.

The district includes northwestern portions of the Denver metro area, Boulder, Fort Collins and Loveland. Polis has represented the district since 2009.

Neguse, a Boulder attorney and former University of Colorado regent, will become Colorado’s first African American congressman.

“I am so honored and humbled to have won the support of folks from across this incredible District. With so much vitriol right now in Washington and our political system, we must remember that, while fear is contagious, so is hope,” Neguse said in a prepared statement.

“Tonight, I am deeply hopeful for the future of our country, as we work together to rebuild our democracy,” he said. “I will work each and every day fighting for progress for my district and our great state, and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and undertaking the work of governing to solve the pressing challenges of our time.”

Channel 9 News called the race for Neguse at about 8:20 p.m. At that time, he had secured 172,303, or about 59 percent, of votes counted.

Yu, a Loveland businessman, had 105,637 votes, or about 36 percent of the votes counted.