DENVER - Legal challenges from two Democratic state senators facing possible recall elections failed Wednesday.
Colorado State Senate president John Morse's challenge was based on a technical error by his opponents. They argued the petition was improperly worded, but the secretary of state's office rejected that assertion.
Morse now plans to appeal the decision. That means a legal battle will continue over whether Morse should be the first Colorado lawmaker ever to face a recall election.
The other lawmaker -- Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo -- lost her effort Wednesday to have the Republican secretary of state's office recused from hearing her recall challenge. She asked for the recusal after alleging the secretary of state coached Republicans on how to bring a recall petition forward.
Both recall efforts now move forward, but legal challenges and appeals are expected.
The governor could set a special recall election for sometime late this summer or early fall.
Both Morse and Giron supported controversial gun control legislation during the last legislative session.