DENVER — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet cruised to re-election on Tuesday.
With 63 percent of the ballots counted, the Democrat had 1,128,814 votes (49.2 percent) to 1,050,053 votes (45.7 percent) for Republican Darryl Glenn.
The race was called just before 9 p.m.
“Well, thank you Colorado,” Bennet said in his victory speech. “We took care of business here in Colorado tonight.”
The race early on was expected to be hotly contested and Republicans initially targeted Bennet in an attempt to retain control of the Senate.
But the race was never very competitive and Bennet was easily elected to another six-year term.
Glenn, the El Paso County supervisor, was the surprise Republican nominee out of the state convention after big-name GOP would-be candidates decided not to run.