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Colorado lawmakers ousted over gun control support

DENVER — The president of the Colorado Senate and a Democratic colleague, both supporters of gun-control measures following the mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut last year, were ousted Tuesday in recall elections.

Senate President John Morse had faced a tough election in the Republican stronghold of Colorado Springs, where he won reelection by just a few hundred votes in 2010.

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‘‘We as the Democratic Party will continue to fight,’’ Morse told supporters in Colorado Springs as he conceded the race.

With 94 percent of the projected vote counted, voters in Colorado Springs favored recalling Morse by 51 percent to 49 percent.

Republican Bernie Herpin, a former Colorado Springs city councilman, will replace him.

Voters also approved the recall of Senator Angela Giron in Pueblo, choosing Republican George Rivera, a former police officer, to replace her.

Angered by new limits on ammunition magazines and expanded background checks, gun-rights activists filed enough voter signatures for the recall elections, the first for state legislators since Colorado adopted the procedure in 1912.

The recalls were seen as the latest chapter in the national debate over gun rights — and, for some, a warning to lawmakers in swing states who might contemplate gun restrictions.

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