Jamie Giellis needed “unity ticket” allies’ voters to topple Mayor Michael Hancock. But he won most of their precincts
Paul Teske, the dean of the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs, said Hancock’s lackluster performance during the first-round election last month didn’t mean that everyone who voted against him then would do the same this week.
“It probably reflects that we don’t know who peoples’ second choices are,” Teske said. “We assumed that when Hancock got 40 percent of the vote and others got 60 percent that that was 60 percent anti-Hancock — but some of them might have been Pen Tate fans and/or Calderón fans.
“And in the second round, their true second choice was Hancock — or he was a higher choice than Giellis.”
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