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Colorado is a fertile ground for the growth of Democrats in the West. With the 2008 convention in Denver, we have a prime opportunity to gain another Senate seat, possibly another House seat and, with the way this year is turning out for Republicans already, a reason to believe we can fundamentally change the electoral alignment of that region.

A great piece of news in that battle just came through on the wires. The AP is reporting that Sen. Wayne Allard will not seek re-election. On the flip.

Colorado Sen. Allard won't seek 3rd term

Colorado Republican Sen. Wayne Allard (news, bio, voting record) said Monday he will not run for re-election in 2008 but will honor a pledge he made in 1996 to serve only two terms.

"Today, I'm announcing that I will honor my term limits pledge to the people of Colorado," he said.

The decision sets up a wide-open race. Allard's seat was once considered safe for the GOP, but Colorado voters have shown a penchant lately for replacing Republicans with Democrats.

Democrats see the race as a chance to pick up another vote in Congress after wresting two House seats and a Senate seat from Republicans the past two years. Republicans hope to stanch a long series of losses, including both houses of the state Legislature and the governor's office.

Ok. Time to work. Who are the candidates?

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Originally posted to sharris0512 on Mon Jan 15, 2007 at 05:10 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I believe... (5+ / 0-)

    Mark Udall (CO-2) has already declared he's running.

  •  Thaks for the news n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    jxg, extradish

    (-9.00, -8.92) No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. --Edward R. Murrow

    by craigb on Mon Jan 15, 2007 at 05:12:39 PM PST

  •  I'm not sure this is really good news (2+ / 0-)
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    Doug in SF, strengthof10kmen

    since the GOP may now wind up with a stronger candidate.

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    by mattinla on Mon Jan 15, 2007 at 05:17:25 PM PST

    •  Providing the candidate isn't Pete Coors (0+ / 0-)

      I heard Pete Coors ran a lackluster campaign for the Senate in 2004.  That may have given leverage to Ken Salazar although Colorado residents already knew Salazar being that he was popular as the state's attorney general.

  •  This will materially raise the IQ (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Doug in SF, shpilk, Nulwee

    of the Senate in 2008, unless the Republicans nominate a steer and it defeats Udall through voter fraud.

    (Hey, Fred, what're all those cows lining up at the voting booth for?)

    "No man should have to clean up after another man's dog." --President Gerald R. Ford

    by Mogolori on Mon Jan 15, 2007 at 05:18:04 PM PST

  •  too bad (1+ / 0-)
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    Albatross

    Allard would have started as one of the GOP's most endangered incumbents. Republicans may have a better shot at keeping the seat now that Allard is out of the picture.

    Mark Udall starts as a heavy favorite on the Democratic  side. He's done a good job in the House, and he's put in his time for the party (he announced his candidacy for Ben Nighthorse Campbell's seat in 2004, but withdrew less than 24 hours later for Ken Salazar). Then again, maybe I'm biased--I met Udall personally at a renewable energy event a few years ago--and I thought he was brilliant.

    There's likely to be more chaos on th Republican side. Former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis has previously said that he intends to run Allard retires, and Bob Beauprez (also a former Congressman and failed gubernatorial nominee) has also been touted as a potential candidate. Also, here's to hoping that some of Colorado's more extremist Republicans, like Marilyn Muskgrave, are delusional enough to get in the race.

  •  ugly is as ugly does (1+ / 0-)
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    Albatross

    The food fight brewing within the Colorado GOP between the moderates and wingnuts will no doubt be played out in living color in this primary.

    There are a couple things to watch for:

    Former CD-4 Rep. Bob Schaffer has expressed interest in this seat. He was Allard's successor in the house and he's Marilyn Musgrave's "brain". Suffice it to say he would be an ambitious fundie-legislator and not the wallflower that Allard is.

    Dick Wadhams is all but coronated as the next chair of the Colorado GOP. He has quite the slash and burn reputation earned from his management of George Felix Allen and John Thune's campaigns. Will Wadhams allow a primary food fight? Hell, will he get right down in the middle of it hurl jello too?

    How will Ken Salazar react as the presumptive senior senator from Colorado? Will he inch a bit closer to progressive stances or will he retreat to muddling middledom?  

    Colorado Confidential and Unbossed--dangerous blogs for dangerous times.

    by em dash on Mon Jan 15, 2007 at 05:19:14 PM PST

    •  you gotta think (0+ / 0-)

      the CO GOP would learn something from the '04 and '06 whompings they've taken.

      But then...

      As I said in the thread before, the "win" here for Dems is if Bruce Benson and Pete Coors pick one person, and the "GOP base" picks another, and the base's person loses...  it'd be deja vu all over again.

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      by pacified on Mon Jan 15, 2007 at 05:30:40 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  all bets are off (0+ / 0-)

        now that Wadhams is in charge.

        Martinez recruited bad statewide candidates. Trailhead also knee-capped their own folks who were led to believe they were in line for money and failed to fundraise for themselves until the last minute when the TH checks failed to materialize.

        The Dems better get themselves some very good media consultants. According to Cara who covered Allard's presser, Wadhams was working his charms on the local reporters.

        Colorado Confidential and Unbossed--dangerous blogs for dangerous times.

        by em dash on Mon Jan 15, 2007 at 05:55:26 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  read the front page (0+ / 0-)

    posted by Kos, and others before him, earlier in the day

    "Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws."

    by Progrocks on Mon Jan 15, 2007 at 05:30:48 PM PST

  •  POLL -- How Coloradoans feel about Wayne Allard: (2+ / 0-)
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    strengthof10kmen, Nulwee

    4%  -  Approve
    15% -  Disapprove
    81% -  Who's Wayne Allard?

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