Colorado voters kicked Democratic state senators John Morse and Angela Giron out of office Tuesday, the first legislators in the state’s 137-year history to be recalled by their constituents.
The Democrats were targeted for their support of strict new gun laws that have drawn both opposition and support since they were passed by a Democratic-controlled state legislature earlier this year, but the opponents had final say in the hard-fought races.
Morse, the now-former senate president, lost the recall by just 343 votes and conceded the election at around 10 p.m. local time. Republican Bernie Herpin will take his place in the Colorado state senate when the legislature convenes in January.
During his concession speech at a Colorado Springs hotel, Morse said he was honored to have served his district.
“We as the Democratic Party will continue to fight,” he said.
His opponents called his defeat a game-changer in terms of American gun control policy.
“The people of Colorado have made history tonight sending a loud and clear message that will reverberate throughout the country and alter the terrain of the gun-control debate,” said Kurt Bardella, a consultant for the campaigns seeking to recall Morse and fellow Democrat Sen. Angela Giron.