Joe Neguse wins 2nd Congressional District seat, becomes Colorado’s 1st black congressman

Joe Neguse, the newly elected congressman in Colorado’s 2nd congressional district, speaks to supporters during the Democratic election night party in Denver, Colo., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Neguse became Colorado’s first black congressman. (Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via AP)

Democrat Joe Neguse will be Colorado’s first African American congressman, winning his bid for the 2nd Congressional District seat, based on unofficial election results.

Lafayette’s Neguse, with 60 percent of the vote, defeated Republican challenger Peter Yu, with 35 percent of the vote.

Also running for the seat were Libertarian candidate Roger Barris and independent candidate Nick Thomas, while Kevin Alumbaugh was a write-in candidate for the Green Party.

Barris has 2 percent of the vote, while Thomas has 3 percent.

Neguse has promised to work for better health care, push back against the Trump administration and champion gun violence prevention.

“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 written statement. “Tonight, I am deeply hopeful for the future of our country as we work together to rebuild our democracy.”

 

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