Magazine article Politics Magazine

Colorado

Magazine article Politics Magazine

Colorado

Article excerpt

IN ANOTHER EXAMPLE that any association with the D.C. establishment may prove toxic in this year's elections, the preferred Republican and Democratic Senate candidates were handed defeats in their respective party caucuses in mid-March.

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, who was appointed in 2009, lost 51 percent to 42 percent to former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. On the Republican side, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck bested former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton by one point. The results show that a third of the way through 2010 the Colorado Senate race remains wide open and that both parties are likely heading toward costly primaries. They also show that the race may be determined by who can run the fiercest anti-Washington campaign.

Romanoff's victory wasn't a complete surprise--he was expected to perform well among the Democratic activists who compose the precinct-by-precinct caucuses. Still, he called the results a "shock wave" and touted a populist message. …

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