Colorado residents on Tuesday voted to recall both Democratic Senate President John Morse and state Sen. Angela Giron over a number of gun control laws they helped pushed through the Legislature.
With 100 percent of the results in, 50.9 percent of Colorado residents voted to recall Morse in the historic election, the Denver Post reports. Morse delivered his concession speech late Tuesday night.
"We as the Democratic party will continue to fight," Morse told supporters in Colorado Springs as he conceded the race.
These photo combo of 2013 file photos shows state Sens. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, and John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, who are facing recall elections, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in a battle that has attracted major players from around the nation, reflecting the sustained intensity over the issue of gun rights. Credit: AP
Republican Bernie Herpin, a former Colorado Springs city councilman, will replace him.
Meanwhile, Giron, challenged over her support for stricter gun laws after last year's mass shootings, was also rebuked in a race seen as a measure of popular support for gun legislation.
Though hesitant to concede at first, Giron realized she too had been fired by Colorado voters. With 100 percent of the projected results in, 56 percent of voters favored the recall, according to the Denver Post.
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 in the future. But gun rights activists' efforts to force recall elections for two other Colorado Democrats failed this year.
As TheBlaze previously reported, the recall election was apparently triggered by six "regular guys" who were fed-up with lawmakers ramming gun control laws down the throats of voters and ignoring the Second Amendment. It proves beyond a reasonable doubt that a small group of people, or even just one person, can truly make a difference if they take a stand.
The Associated Press contributed to this report