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The Atlantic's Mark Ambinder confirms earlier rumors posted two days ago at ColoradoPols--the NRSC is about to pull out of Colorado.

Republican sources in Colorado and Washington say that the National Republican Senatorial Committee plans to pull out of the state by next week, an acknowledgment that its independent expenditure resources would be better spent on defense elsewhere.

In other words--say hello to Senator Mark Udall, D-Colorado.  And you can also say hello to at least 55 Dems (54 not counting Lieberman) in the Senate.

The NRSC is leaving Bob Schaffer to twist in the wind in order to protect Roger Wicker, Norm Coleman and John Sununu.  But one name was missing from the list that interests this North Carolinian--Liddy Dole.

Officially, the NRSC is keeping mum about this, only saying decisions are made on a day-to-day basis.  Apparently, NRSC ads will run in the state through at least Friday.

Quite a few of the Coloradoans on here have mentioned that Bob Schaffer is tanking, and fast.  Looking at the Pollster trend, it's hard not to agree:

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Udall is slowly rising, while Schaffer has been stagnant.  Conventional wisdom suggests he should have kept it closer--after all, he'd have the wingers in Colorado Springs, the Denver burbs, plus his old district (now represented by the even crazier Marilyn Musgrave) turning out for him.  But when a certified winger like Schaffer can't get the Repub base excited, it's telling.

Originally posted to Christian Dem in NC on Fri Oct 17, 2008 at 06:27 AM PDT.

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