Tina Peters granted recount in secretary of state Republican primary race

Tina Peters has been granted a discretionary recount after submitting funding to the Colorado secretary of state, according to a news release Thursday.

Also getting a recount is Lynda Zamora Wilson, who lost the state Senate District 9 race in Colorado Springs.

“Tina Peters and Lynda Zamora Wilson have requested and paid for a recount of the primary races for Secretary of State and State Senate District 9, respectively. The recounts will be conducted in accordance with the law, and will be finished by August 4,” Secretary of State Jena Griswold said in a news release.

Peters, the Mesa County clerk who was indicted on allegations of election tampering, sought the Republican nomination for secretary of state in June. She lost by a wide margin to former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson.

All counties have been notified to begin preparations to proceed with a recount for these races as required by statute, the release said.

On July 14, a bipartisan county audit board successfully completed a statewide risk-limiting audit, a post-election audit that gives a statistical level of confidence that the outcome of an election is correct, according to the secretary of state. The reported winner in all the audited races was confirmed. The race for secretary of state was audited specifically.

Peters submitted $255,912 for the recount and Wilson $20,819, according to officials.

Wilson lost to incumbent Paul Lundeen, who received about 70% of the vote.

Three additional candidates, including Ron Hanks, who requested recounts of races did not provide the required funds for the discretionary recounts. Hanks, a state House representative, was defeated in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Hanks’ recount payment would have been $256,172.

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