Mike Coffman declared victory Thursday in the Aurora mayoral race with a lead too wide for his opponent to close, and beyond the threshold for an automatic recount.

However, opponent Omar Montgomery has yet to concede.

Coffman has held the lead since the election 10 days ago, but Montgomery wants to wait until Friday before any kind of a statement.

Coffman’s already make a pretty clear statement, mostly about the messed up election process itself, which has dragged on for days because someone ITALICS dropped the ball like a lead balloon.

“An incredible amount of errors were made in this election,” he said. “I hope a full analysis and full investigation is done by the secretary of state’s office.”

Secretary of State Jena Griswold tried to blame the Post Office for failing to deliver nearly 700 ballots until Election Day.

But the Postal Service shot back those ballots weren’t even received until it was too late to deliver before Election Day.

We’d be interested to know if that winnable margin number of ballots went to Republicans or independents.

Considering the highly partisan statements of the Arapahoe County Clerk, we’re betting those last-minute ballots didn’t go to Democrats.