Colorado secretary of state: Wayne Williams lagging Jena Griswold

Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams was slightly lagging Democratic challenger Jena Griswold Tuesday in his bid for a second four-year term with more than half the votes counted.

Williams had 47.2 percent and Griswold had 50.5 percent at 8:34 p.m. Tuesday, with an estimated 67 percent of the vote counted, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Griswold, a voter rights attorney for then-President Barack Obama, pitched policies that focused on more transparency in campaign finance and making voting more accessible. She also was a Washington, D.C., liaison for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration.

Williams, a former El Paso County clerk and recorder, ran a campaign that focused on his experience, nonpartisan approach and the office’s national reputation for voter security.

The Secretary of State’s Office handles elections and maintains the state’s campaign finance filings, business registration filings and lobbyist registration records.

Two third-party candidates also ran: Amanda Campbell of the American Constitution Party and Blake Huber of the Approval Voting Party.

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