Stephen C. Ludwig (D) 47 %
Tyler Belmont (AC) 46 %
Brian Davidson (R) 5 %
Daniel Ong (L) 2 %
Democratic incumbent Stephen Ludwig and Republican Brian Davidson were neck-and-neck in the race for an at-large University of Colorado regent seat.
It was déj vu: The 2006 match-up between the same candidates was too close to call for three weeks.
With 44 percent of precincts across the state reporting at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ludwig had a slight edge, with 47 percent of the votes compared to Davidson's 46 percent. The other votes went to third-party candidates.
"It's just too close to call," Ludwig said. "I'm excited about the response my campaign has received from the state, but there are still a lot of votes to count."
Davidson said he's banking on votes to be counted in the Eastern plains and on the Western slope, typically Republican stronghold districts.
"A lot of those are going to be my votes," he said. "We're going to have to hold out and let everything fall into place."
The nine-member Board of Regents sets tuition rates as well as the university's $2.9 billion budget.
The race is a rematch between Ludwig and Davidson, who faced one another in 2006. Ludwig won the seat by a slim margin, and it took three weeks for their razor-thin race to be decided.
Regents serve six-year terms.
The regent race was a crowded one, with Libertarian Daniel Ong, a part-time CU student, and American Constitution Party candidate Tyler Belmont, an 18-year-old high school student, also on the ballot. It was the only party-affiliated, statewide race for an elected position in Colorado.
Some especially partisan issues have come before the board recently -- including whether concealed-weapon permit holders should be allowed to bring guns to campus, and whether undocumented Colorado high school graduates should qualify for unsubsidized in-state rates.