Colorado Senate President John Morse conceded defeat in the final bout of a prolonged recall election process, with Sen. Angela Giron following just a few hours later. Both senators were the target of grassroots recall efforts following their endorsement of strict, widespread gun control initiatives in Colorado.
“It has been an honor to represent the eleventh senate district and to serve as the Colorado state [senate] president,” Morse told more than 150 supporters at the Wyndham Garden Hotel downtown, as reported by Fox 31 of Denver.
“Robert F. Kennedy once said, ‘it is the essence of responsibility to put the public good ahead of personal gain.’ Our last [legislative] session was phenomenal, and the next session will be even better,” he said
“The loss of this seat for the next 16 months is purely symbolic,” he added.
Morse lost the recall by 343 votes. Giron lost by 4,154.
Colorado Springs City Councilman Bernie Herpin is slated to replace Morse for the remainder of his term, which will wrap up next year. Morse plans to “continue to fight” despite stepping down from his previous position.
Bernie Herpin and his supporters celebrate.
“This election was not about gun violence,” said Herpin. “This election was about defending the constitution.”