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Giron says recall results surprised her

By Michelle San Miguel, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau/Telemundo Anchor, michelle.sanmiguel@krdo.com
Published On: Sep 19 2013 11:33:31 PM CDT

Giron says recall results surprised her

PUEBLO, Colo. -

Pueblo state Sen. Angela Giron has less than two weeks left in office. Retired deputy police chief George Rivera is expected to be sworn into office on Oct. 3.

Giron said she felt good on Election Night as she waited for results to arrive. "I was confident all the way through, so it was actually a surprise," she said.

In Giron's district, Democrats outnumber Republicans by 2 to 1. Still, Giron lost her seat by 4,154 votes even though Democrats outvoted Republicans in the recall by more than 5,000 votes.

Giron said, "I did talk to people, and I think I might've shared with you, that said, 'I'm with you, but I'm not gonna go to the polls.'"

Like her, Giron said supporters were confident she'd win. Others, she said, were expecting mail-in ballots.

Giron's support of stricter gun laws triggered the election, but she said the recall wasn't just about guns. "I think the Republican Party was really strong. I think certainly my carrying and pushing through in-state tuition for undocumented students."

As for running for office again next year, Giron said it's too early to think about.

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