DENVER (CBS4) – Incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet declared victory over Republican challenger Darryl Glenn on Tuesday night despite Glenn maintaining that he would not concede the race until all the votes were counted.

Bennet said he will be proud to represent Colorado in the U.S. Senate for a second term.

“You live in the most dynamic and beautiful state in the United States of America,” said Bennet.

Sen. Michael Bennet (credit: CBS)

Sen. Michael Bennet (credit: CBS)

Bennet, a Democrat and the former superintendent of Denver Public Schools, became one of Colorado’s senators in January 2009 when he was appointed to the position by Gov. Bill Ritter. That move came after the seat became vacant when Ken Salazar was named Interior Secretary for President Barack Obama.

“I want to thank all of you who are here tonight, for your door knocks, for your phone calls, for your canvassing that has secured our victory tonight. We took care of business in Colorado tonight, thanks to all of you!” said Bennet.

Bennet ran for election in 2010 and defeated Republican Ken Buck, who later was elected to the House of Representatives in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District.

In his time in Washington, Bennet has been one of the country’s most bipartisan senators.

“We live in a democracy. We’re lucky to have the chance to have disagreements, but we should do it in a way that’s productive for the country and the next generation,” Bennet told CBS4 last month.

In his second term, Bennet says he will focus on health insurance issues and try to help those facing financial struggling in Colorado’s rural areas.

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