Aurora’s mayoral race is still really, really close

Too close to call, in fact. But former Congressman Mike Coffman has a slight edge over Omar Montgomery.

Aurora mayoral candidates Omar Montgomery (left) and Mike Coffman. (Courtesy photo and photo by Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Aurora mayoral candidates Omar Montgomery (left) and Mike Coffman. (Courtesy photo and photo by Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Aurora residents still don’t know who their next mayor will be two days after Election Day.

The margin between former congressman Mike Coffman and Aurora NAACP president Omar Montgomery on Thursday were razor-thin. Coffman led by 273 votes — 26,201 to 25,928 — over Montgomery, according to the latest available figures from the Secretary of State’s website.

The numbers were enough for the Denver Post to declare Coffman the winner. But both candidates aren’t close to calling the results definitive.

A statement from Montgomery said his campaign is “waiting for every vote to be counted in Aurora. We owe that to our community and city.” Coffman’s campaign had not responded on Thursday evening when reached for comment about whether he was declaring victory in the race.

The Aurora Sentinel reported an automatic recount will trigger only if final tallies showed candidates within half-percent of each other.

Coffman appeared ready to cruise toward a victory on Tuesday, but thousands of ballots were still left to be counted.

Aurora doesn’t have a strong mayor and city council system like Denver, where the mayor is the big boss. That CEO-like responsibility falls largely on the city manager in Aurora.

Coffman and Montgomery led a five-person field to replace Aurora Mayor Bob LeGare, who was appointed this year and was not seeking reelection.

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