GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Tuesday was certainly a day of celebration for Senator Steve King.
King takes the Republican slot in the race for Mesa County Sheriff on his birthday.
His win comes amid an argument with interim Sheriff Rebecca Spiess over a $390 dollar discrepancy in a spending report earlier this month.
He knows this is only the first step on the road to election that's often paved with political drama.
"The political season, especially as you get closer and closer to election day you sort of have to ... it's not a sprint, it's a marathon ... and you really have to prepare yourself for that,” says Sen. Steve King.
On the other side of town, we spoke with John Pennington who lost the race to Senator King by over 40% of the votes.
For Pennington the results are disappointing but he says it won't be stop him from championing the rights of Mesa County Residents.
“I'm going to continue to work for our constitutional principle, we're going to continue to bang the drum of liberty and freedom,” says John Pennington.
Officially one of the freshest faces on the Republican ballot is Dan Thurlow for the State District 55 representative.
He claims the spot with approximately 57% of the votes in Mesa County.
He expects a tough race in November and looks forward to the challenge.
"We need some fresh faces in the legislature, we need business knowledge. We need people that look at problems with a different point of view from outside of the government system,” says Dan Thurlow.
It’ll be a race to the finish for all the candidates as they head towards general elections in November.