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Retired Air Force service member Shawn Smith, who appeared on Steve Bannon's podcast in June of 2022 and allegedly attended the Jan. 6 riot, watches the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's recount on Saturday. The recount was requested by Republican candidates Rae Ann Weber, Peter Lupia, Tina Peters, and Lynda Zamora Wilson.

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office completed requested discretionary recounts in four Republican primary election races Wednesday afternoon, and the June 28 outcome remains the same, officials said.

Unsuccessful GOP candidates Peter Lupia, Dr. Rae Ann Weber, Lynda Zamora Wilson and Tina Peters received recounts in their respective races for El Paso County clerk and recorder, county coroner, state Senate District 9 in Monument and Colorado secretary of state.

The recount, which began Saturday, did not alter the outcome of any of the races, officials said. While there were minimal vote changes during the recount, Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman's office attributed them to "the extra level of scrutiny and review relating to undervotes," as state law requires.

The change in votes "is not attributed to the operation of the election equipment," a release from the clerk's office states.

In the recount, Lupia won an additional three votes while his opponent, Steve Schleiker, who won the Republican nomination in the primary, earned two additional votes. The final recount results show Lupia lost the race by more than 28 percentage points.

Weber in the recount garnered five more votes. Her opponent, incumbent Dr. Leon Kelly, did not earn any additional votes in the primary race for county coroner. Still, Weber lost by more than 31 percentage points, according to recount results.

Zamora Wilson did not earn any more votes in the recount for Senate District 9. Her opponent Sen. Paul Lundeen won one more vote. Zamora Wilson lost by more than 32 percentage points.

In El Paso County's recount of the secretary of state primary, Peters won one additional vote. Mike O'Donnell — who also lost the GOP bid for secretary of state with the fewest number of votes of all three candidates — earned two additional votes in the county's recount. Pam Anderson, who won the June 28 GOP primary in the race, also garnered two more votes in the recount.

Peters lost to Anderson by more than 10 percentage points in El Paso County's primary.

Neither Lupia, Weber, Zamora Wilson nor Peters immediately returned The Gazette's requests for comment Wednesday.

"When a candidate takes their prerogative to request a recount, our office ensures the process is conducted with professionalism, accuracy and transparency," Broerman said in a news release. "Overall, the recount was robust, done with great care and detail. It was precise and all ballots were accounted for on behalf of the candidates, their supporters and El Paso County citizens."

Because the final results for all races did not meet the threshold set by Colorado law to trigger an automatic recount, the cost to conduct the recounts — about $20,800 — was paid for by the candidates who requested them, not by county taxpayers.

State election rules require races within a margin less than or equal to 0.5% of the winner's vote receive mandatory recounts, paid for by the state.

Lupia, Weber and Zamora Wilson were part of a group of Republicans who filed a lawsuit in El Paso County this week requesting Broerman and Secretary of State Jena Griswold remove "exorbitant" costs for vendor programming and support in the cost estimates for the recounts.

Broerman told The Gazette Tuesday the lawsuit was "groundless" and that the charges are "usual and customary." They reflect the work his office did to rescan about 153,000 ballots, he said. El Paso County was the only county in the state that had to simultaneously rescan ballots for four races.

That same group, including Peters, also filed a lawsuit in Denver County court this week that sought to stop the recount and compel the Secretary of State's Office to conduct it instead. They alleged the recount "has not been conducted in a fair, impartial and uniform manner."

In the Wednesday release, Broerman said the machines passed the required logic and accuracy test conducted before the recount with 100% accuracy. Candidates or their watchers also took part in the recount process alongside election officials, bipartisan election judges and canvass board members.

Residents "can be proud of our election team and bipartisan election judges" who "demonstrate the utmost integrity and dedication in providing accurate, fair and verifiable elections," Broerman said, in part, in the release.

"I'm proud of the work everyone did in completing this recount, including a retesting of the tabulation machines to verify accuracy."

The final recount results are below.

Republican Party Primary Secretary of State

CandidateVotesPercentageRecount Vote ChangeTotal Votes
Tina Peters31,19532.35%+131,196
Mike O’Donnell23,77424.66%+223,776
Pam Anderson41,45042.99%+241,452

Republican Party Primary State Senator District 9

CandidateVotesPercentageRecount Vote ChangeTotal Votes
Lynda Zamora Wilson10,37833.64%010,378
Paul Lundeen20,47066.36%+120,471

Republican Party Primary Clerk and Recorder

CandidateVotesPercentageRecount Vote ChangeTotal Votes
Peter Lupia33,65235.57%+333,655
Steve Schleiker60,96664.43%+260,968

Republican Party Primary County Coroner

CandidateVotesPercentageRecount Vote ChangeTotal Votes
Rae Ann Weber32,67034.05%+532,675
Leon Kelly63,26665.95%063,266

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