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2 Colorado Senators Recalled Over their Support of Gun Control Laws

A pair of recall elections were successful on Tuesday, including a recall of state Senator John Morse, the Colorado Springs Senator who serves as president of the Senate. Springs voters voted to recall Morse over his support of gun control laws, ousting the Senator by a narrow margin of 51 to 49 percent. Pueblo voters, meanwhile, voted 56 to 44 percent to remove Senator Angela Giron in a recall also prompted by the legislator's support of gun control. Morse's seat will be filled by Republican Bernie Herpin, a former city councilman in the Springs, and Giron's position will be filled by George Rivera, a Republican that once served as a deputy police chief in Pueblo.

Tuesday's recall mark the first time in Colorado's history that legislators faced recall efforts, and represent the most severe backlash from voters among all the states that passed tougher gun control legislation following last year's tragic shootings at an Aurora movie theater and an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. New York, Maryland and Connecticut also passed tough gun laws in the wake of the Newtown shooting, though recall elections were not pursued. The push to enhance gun control laws in the states came after President Obama failed to convince Congress to pass stricter federal laws including a ban on assault rifles and high capacity ammo magazines and stricter background checks.

Tuesday, recall surprised some observers in Colorado Springs, where the majority of registered voters claim Democratic allegiance, but most of the city's voters are conservative leaning, particularly when it comes to gun control. In fact, 23 percent of registered Democratic voters in the Springs signed the petition to hold the recall election to oust Morse.

September 11, 2013

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