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New U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) reacts after picking number one in the office lottery for all new House members of Congress in Washington, November 19, 2010.      REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTXUTKJ
Rep. Cory Gardner (R) must be excited about a Senate bid, too
This would be huge if true. According to two unnamed sources who spoke with the Denver Post, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner is set to make a late—and very unexpected—entry into Colorado's race for Senate. Gardner was a top choice for GOP recruiters last year but he declined a bid against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, since he seemed fast-tracked to move up the leadership ranks in the House. That left Republicans with a pretty weak field that features deeply flawed 2010 nominee Ken Buck at the front of the pack.

But a Gardner candidacy would seriously shake up the race. If he gets in, a huge question would be whether other, more tea-flavored candidates (like Buck) stay in the primary, or whether the field clears. And if Gardner does earn his party's nomination, Udall will have a very serious race on his hands. Indeed, someone as cautious as Gardner wouldn't make this leap without some very positive polling. (A PPP poll from last April had Udall up 10, but that was a long time ago in Colorado politics.)

Assuming we wind up with a Gardner vs. Udall race, that would mean, at the very least, a titanic matchup in the Rockies. It would also further stretch Democrats by forcing them to divert resources from other contests, which is exactly what the party doesn't need right now. But it's also no sure thing that Gardner would win the Republican primary, given how often we've seen establishment GOPers crash and burn. And that's certainly what Democrats would have to hope for here.

P.S. As for Gardner's House seat, it went 59-39 for Mitt Romney in 2012, so it's safely Republican.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 01:17 PM PST.

Also republished by Colorado COmmunity and Daily Kos.

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  •  Not looking good... (2+ / 0-)
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    Victor Ward, akze29

    If we have to worry about CO over other states like LA, NC, & AK then this is bad stretching our resources (money/people) in all these races. If were having trouble in CO/IA/MI then November is going to be far worse than 2010 with the possibility of us losing 7-10 Senate seats. I really hope things improve from now to November but it's hard to be optimistic looking at the polls.

  •  Good, much more cat fud for Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    PassionateJus

    to spend money on a seat that should be Likely Dem.

    Bizarre choice for Gardner.  Wait for the other seat if you want to move up.

    All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian. -- Pat Paulsen

    by tommypaine on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 01:36:00 PM PST

    •  It's not bizarre at all. (0+ / 0-)

      It may be the perfect time for him to run.

      With the economy barely limping along, there is no time like the present with repubs already promoting their message - that the dems did nothing while the country was in a depression.

      CG can always run for other seats later if he doesn't defeat Udall.

      The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

      by dfarrah on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 05:35:38 PM PST

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      •  Sure, let him run on the economy (2+ / 0-)
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        zapus, bufffan20

        Maybe he can run on the House's record of passing zero jobs bills.

        "It was all a mistake! I'm dieting and I told my staff to close the FRIDGE!" --attributed to Governor Christie

        by AdmiralNaismith on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 07:41:03 PM PST

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        •  The repubs are (0+ / 0-)

          already running on the economy.  They are arguing that there has been little improvement in the economy.  Whether it works remains to be seen.

          Maybe BO's sudden interest in the min wage and the infrastructure push will save him and the dems.

          The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

          by dfarrah on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 08:11:15 PM PST

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  •  I am not at all certain (2+ / 0-)
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    Mark27, ekgrulez1

    that Gardner can beat Buck in the primary.  Gardner could presumably count on his political base in the eastern, rural part of the state to prop him up, but Ken Buck represents the single biggest county (Weld) in the 4th congressional district, as district attorney.  If they split those GOP voters, it comes down to who the conservatives in El Paso, Douglas, and Mesa counties prefer.  I'm not at all certain Gardner has the credibility with them that Buck does.

    Buck also has much higher name recognition across the state from his failed 2010 run.  He hasn't been raising a lot of money, but Gardner doesn't exactly have a goldmine either (he's got $800K in the bank and is getting in real late).

    I would seriously laugh if Gardner gave up a promising career in the House only to get humiliated by Ken Buck.

  •  The Democratic Lock on the Senate Disappears (6+ / 0-)

    So I've always believed that no matter how close, there was a very good chance 90%+ that Democrats would keep the senate in 2014, despite losing seats overall.

    Now with this news, I might have to revise down my estimates to about a 55-60% chance.

    Cory Gardner isn't an idiot, he has been rising up the Republican ranks in the house and he has a really safe seat that could have been his for the foreseeable future (R+12)

    Yet despite that he is going to risk it all on a senate race against an incumbent who as of yet has beaten every single one of his challengers in the polls, every time.

    But the last two polls from PPP and Quinnipiac with Udall against tea partier Ken Buck have shown the incumbent up just three and four points respectively.

    If a tea partier with limited name recognition can do that to the incumbent, think what a more establishment Republican candidate with the name recognition that comes from being a congressman and the viability that will likely see the Kochs start spending $$$ can do to this race.

    •  Does Buck have limited name rec? (1+ / 0-)
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      Matt Z

      He was the GOP nominee for Senate in 2010.;

      •  Yes...But (1+ / 0-)
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        LordMike

        Sure he was the 2010 nominee, but during the time between then and now he's been virtually silent. As of yet he hasn't got much support from the business community who see him as not viable and way too far to the right for swingy Colorado.

        The "Rep." in front of Cory Gardner's name instantly means that he can probably move the Colorado GOP nomination race into a Cory vs. Ken debate, and with money on his side and the fact Republicans are even more desperate than ever before to not lose a race like this due to nominating someone too extreme he should lock up the nomination over the next month or two.

        As I said, in the general I would definitely expect Gardner, to gain a couple of points on Ken Buck's standing in the polls and all it would take was a three or four point gain by Cory on where Ken is standing now to make this race a dead heat, something I think Cory should be able to do with ease.

      •  Actually, yeah (1+ / 0-)
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        LordMike

        And what he has isn't all that positive, even among Republicans. Between 2010 and now he's been completely out of politics (mostly sick, unfortunately).

    •  Overreaction? Gardner has already stepped in it - (3+ / 0-)
      Republican Ken Buck has been a pretty bad candidate for the U.S. Senate up until this point, which is why he has agreed to drop out of the race and run for the now-open House seat in CD-4. But it would be so un-Buck like to just walk of the statewide stage without missing a step on the way down.

      Buck told the Greeley Tribune this afternoon that he and Rep. Cory Gardner had been talking about making the switch for about 10 days. D'oh!!!

      Why is that such a problem? Gardner was already going to have to defend charges that this was a "backroom deal" (see Owen Hill's comments), but he could have danced around the question if there was still some ambiguity. But now, thanks to Buck, there is no way that Gardner can pretend that this was anything but a "backroom deal?"
      http://coloradopols.com/...

      "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

      by We Shall Overcome on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 04:04:01 PM PST

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      •  And this will (1+ / 0-)
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        Zornorph

        affect who and how?

        The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

        by dfarrah on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 05:38:31 PM PST

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        •  that's a question in the back of my mind... (2+ / 0-)
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          Aquarius40, Lencialoo

          ...what will voters' reaction be to these two guys making some kind of a last-minute deal? It seems...untoward...at the very least.

          The larger question(s) that also would need to be addressed is this: exactly what did Gardner promise to Buck and what did Buck promise to Gardner in order for them to play musical chairs like this? And why wasn't this done in a more transparent way?

          These are process questions, yes. And not all voters may care that much. But something smells fishy here.

          •  What's untoward? (2+ / 0-)
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            mconvente, Zornorph

            There is similar jockeying even for county chairs and district captains, much less a run at a senate seat.

            Who cares what Gardner might have promised to Buck?  Winning politicians usually have a number of political positions they can fill with whomever.

            The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

            by dfarrah on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 05:50:42 PM PST

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          •  Gardner is already in Washington - this would (0+ / 0-)

            add more weight to the idea that he's a Washington type and the type that is responsible for gridlock and a "do nothing" Senate. It's an example of the GOP rigging things to fit politicians desires and not the peoples.

            Alone, I'd think it's just a dust up, but added to the fact that he supported the Gov't shutdown and I think has been a reliable obstructionist, I think it could used as more evidence that he is an insider and that insiders are the problem, not the solution to DC's gridlock.

            "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

            by We Shall Overcome on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 07:19:00 AM PST

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  •  Gardner is from Yuma, CO (2+ / 0-)
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    ekgrulez1, Lencialoo

    Yuma is a small town (3,000 people), near where Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas meet.

    Colorado, demographically, is a strip-city, with the vast majority of the population living along the eastern edge (or Front Range) of the Rockies, including Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the Fort Collins-Greeley area.

    I wonder how well known Gardner is in civilization, or even how well a candidate like him would play there.

  •  Blood in the water (2+ / 0-)
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    LordMike, dfarrah

    He smells it.

    Good girls shop. Bad girls shop. Shoppin', shoppin' from A to Z!

    by Zornorph on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 02:07:02 PM PST

  •  I don't know... (3+ / 0-)
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    Alibguy, Sharon Wraight, mconvente

    If I should rate this Lean D or Toss-Up now.  For some reason Udall doesn't seem as well liked in polls as I thought he would.  Thankfully, I'm feeling better about Kentucky more and more every day.  Looks like we may need it.

  •  Gardner sounds a bit overhyped (16+ / 0-)

    Republicans have not won a Senate or Gubernatorial race since 2002. Also, these Republican House members in Colorado who run for Senate or Governor NEVER seem to do well, Beauprez, Schieffer, McInnis etc. 4th time the charm?

    Also, with Hickenlooper having a pretty good approval rating, it looks like the anger on the gun issues has gone down at least a bit so I doubt it will hurt Udall as much unless there is a new gun bill.

    I ultimately predict that Udall wins by 5-7 points but Dems will have to spend a little money here which is unfortunate. At least things are looking better in NC with Hagan up 3 in the most recent poll.

    But seriously, the Dem SuperPACs need to start spending money on the Senate because the Republican SuperPACs are.

    For more election analysis and redistricting maps, check out my blog http://racesandredistricting.blogspot.com/ CA-2 (former CA-6) College in CA-37. Go Trojans!!

    by Alibguy on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 02:13:48 PM PST

  •  I'd like to sleep through 2014 and wake up 2016 (3+ / 0-)
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    Sharon Wraight, Zornorph, dfarrah

    Cuz we are gonna get creamed this fall.  I've rarely seen such a bad lineup of states in Senate races.

    •  If so, Ginsburg better stay on SC until 2017, (0+ / 0-)

      b/c if we lose the Senate, BHO will get nothing through.

      I hope you're wrong! :-)

    •  It's a bad lineup (2+ / 0-)
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      LordMike, Aquarius40

      But at this time in 2012, everyone was saying Dems were going to get crushed and lose the Senate.

      I said at the beginning of the cycle we would lose four seats and I am sticking to that.

      WV, SD and MT are gone.

      AR is tilting R
      LA is basically a coin flip but Landrieu has been able to win the closest of races so I am optimstic but far from certain on anything.
      AK I would give a very slight advantage to Begich but I could be wrong, Alaska is hard to poll but it has been trending Democratic and Begich has not made any mistakes. Still, it is a pretty conservative state. It mostly depends on who he faces.
      MI: Land has a very spotty record as Secretary of State, I think we ultimately win that one.
      NC: Since the beginning of the cycle, this seat reminded me of Sherrod Brown's race for some reason with all the Super PACs going after her. Also, Tillis the leading Republican is part of the Legislature which is more unpopular than the ACA so once Hagan starts spending money, she'll come back.

      We pick up Kentucky (I know people are unsure about that one but with Grimes still mostly unknown throughout the state and polling this well is a good sign for her).

      For more election analysis and redistricting maps, check out my blog http://racesandredistricting.blogspot.com/ CA-2 (former CA-6) College in CA-37. Go Trojans!!

      by Alibguy on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 02:43:21 PM PST

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      •  MT and WV are not gone... (4+ / 0-)

        Still got a decent shot in them. I agree with SD; that was lost once Johnson decided to retire.

        Don't forget Georgia, which is looking very promising, especially since the GOP contenders are like the Todd Akin Wannabe Convention.

        •  WV may not be gone yet (3+ / 0-)
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          Aquarius40, LordMike, mconvente

          one recent poll had us back 6, which seems doable. One the other hand, most polls have shown us down double digits, which is not.

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 06:03:25 PM PST

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          •  True (0+ / 0-)

            I hope Tennant gains traction but I just have a bad feeling about that race.

            For more election analysis and redistricting maps, check out my blog http://racesandredistricting.blogspot.com/ CA-2 (former CA-6) College in CA-37. Go Trojans!!

            by Alibguy on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 08:42:31 PM PST

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        •  GA (0+ / 0-)

          I hope we win that, the Republicans there are pretty inelastic though in rural Georgia but if they do nominate some crazy social conservative like Broun, it could cause some movement among white suburbanites in Atlanta. Hopefully that happens.

          For more election analysis and redistricting maps, check out my blog http://racesandredistricting.blogspot.com/ CA-2 (former CA-6) College in CA-37. Go Trojans!!

          by Alibguy on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 08:43:18 PM PST

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    •  It's not a bad lineup at all (5+ / 0-)

      It's quite a good lineup if you ask me, just a bad slate of states (that might be what you meant). Despite that, and the recent Dem nosedive in polls, which means no more than the Republican nosedive before that, there are still only two Dem seats that the Repubs lead in, Arkansas and SD. Control of the Senate is still very much a matter of which party gets a couple points of tail wind come next October, and we are lucky to have a few tough nuts in red states that could easily win if the environment isn't awful.

    •  Read this, it might cheer you up a little, or (2+ / 0-)
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      LordMike, wdrath

      at least give you false hope for the next 6 months:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

      "Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything." — Ray Bradbury

      by We Shall Overcome on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 03:44:12 PM PST

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    •  Maybe...But I still have faith in the Tea Party. (0+ / 0-)

      It seems every year they come up with something to embarrass the GOP. Unfortunately, I don't see Gardner as the type to do it but I see someone else and the possibility of some of that spreading to Gardner.

      For one, he has a terrible record on several social issues. He's probably pro rape babies too so there's that.

  •  This sucks, but it was probably inevitable... (1+ / 0-)
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    James Allen

    No way the GOP was going to allow a loser like Buck to run in a race that's potentially winnable.  All the analysts, are of course, gung ho about this candidacy, but still have us favored, and they all question whether he will have statewide appeal.  Costa says look at Iowa to see if the GOP can field anyone competitive there in the next few weeks.  I can't think of any names that might give Braley a scare, but you never know.

    GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

    by LordMike on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 03:15:18 PM PST

  •  This probably doesn't suck that badly (13+ / 0-)

    Gardner is a rising star in the GOP, but he's also accumulated a lot of baggage in his rise to power.

    • He's virulently anti-woman.
    • He's one of the Tea Party government shutdown crowd.
    • He's been dinged for taking high-priced junkets recently.
    • He supported the "Northern Colorado" secessionist movement.
    • He's been spewing a lot of misinformational crap about the ACA that's been debunked in the Denver paper.

    If Gardner steps in officially, he's going to face a metric crap-ton of negative advertising, all of it true.

    All the reasons Ken Buck lost in 2010, Gardner has. And then some.

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 03:25:03 PM PST

  •  Woot (7+ / 0-)

    I'm cheering out here in Colorado. Ken Buck was a broken record, but he came close in the last election and remained out of sight, even through the Senate race. Cory Gardner has yet to damage his image, as all Colorado Republicans eventually do. Additionally, he's an Eastern Plains boy running in a Front Range race. He'll lose on Obamacare, on the shutdown, and on the NSA. Udall is as safe as when it was v. Buck, but now we get to watch the fireworks.

  •  Yes, this was planned (4+ / 0-)
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    James Allen, LordMike, Mogolori, Lencialoo

    Owen Hill, one of the lesser candidates in the Senate race, tweeted today that he had been approached weeks ago about Gardner's upcoming annointment.

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 03:25:58 PM PST

    •  Owen Hill does not play ball (1+ / 0-)
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      Lencialoo

      Poor ol Owen is going to have trouble winning a race for dog catcher after this. Maybe someone finds him a nice job in oil and gas ...

      •  so...with Buck out of the Senate race... (1+ / 0-)
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        Lencialoo

        ...will Gardner still be faced with a primary? If so...that means he has to start from scratch, financially, to support both a primary and general election campaign.

        It seems to me that the timing on this should benefit Udall.

        •  Gardner was running for re-election to Congress (0+ / 0-)

          He can use his Federal campaign dollars in the Senate race.

          In fact, the $800k that he has in the bank was probably a major factor in convincing Buck to switch races and Stephens to supposedly drop out. He has more in the bank than all of the other candidates combined have raised - they were every single one of them in the top 10 worst campaign quarters reported for Colorado state races over the past 8 years.

          He'll have a primary, but I wouldn't be surprised if Hill was bumped out of the race by state assembly time. (In Colorado, we have a caucus/assembly/primary process. Hill has to reach a threshold in order to advance through each precinct caucus, then each county assembly, then the state assembly. By the time he gets to assembly, the caucuses and counties might have whittled down his support to the point where he can't meet the assembly threshold to even petition on. At that point he's out of the primary.)

          Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

          by Phoenix Rising on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 08:45:31 PM PST

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  •  WTF?? (0+ / 0-)

    is this another gross weirdo like Rick Snyder?

    "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

    by Superpole on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 05:39:56 PM PST

  •  It's all about ground game and turn out (2+ / 0-)
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    Maverick80229, Lencialoo

    If Dems turn out they win

  •  I think a lot rides on whether we can flip (3+ / 0-)
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    madmojo, James Allen, LordMike

    McConnell's seat. If Grimes somehow manages to take that one, I doubt Republican's take the Senate. If she can't and McConnell holds, it's a toss-up.

    Romney: Believe in (half of) America

    by kmoros on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 05:48:45 PM PST

    •  If McConnell loses, they don't take the Senate (4+ / 0-)

      The GOP can't afford to lose any Senate seats of their own. All the Dems have to do is beat McConnell or take Georgia's open seat (or both) and they keep control.

      So I don't particuarly worry about Senate control. Especially not this seat. I don't understand why Gardner is consider hot shit by some people. He seems like a teabagger dumbass through and through.

      •  That's why he's considered hot shit by some (2+ / 0-)
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        bufffan20, LordMike

        He's a Tea Party rising star. Within GOP circles, he's the next Paul Ryan or Sarah Palin or Bobby Jindal or something, or so I hear - probably just like Paul Ryan and Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal were before they went in front of a broader audience.

        He is like Ryan in some ways - a smooth talker (a lawyer) who knows what to say in front of which audiences. He's not as gaffe-prone as, say, George Allen - he sidestepped answering about his support for secession rather than deny it (probably not true, and not what his supporters want to hear) or support it (not popular with the rest of the state).

        Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

        by Phoenix Rising on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 08:49:46 PM PST

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  •  Gardner Is A Big Tea Party Member (8+ / 0-)

    He voted 41 times with the House to repeal Obamacare.  Most people don't want it repealed, and I would bet that goes for Colorado voters too.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 05:51:50 PM PST

  •  Gardner is a Republican tested in polls before (8+ / 0-)

    and his poll result was in line with the results of the rest of the Republicans.

    His late entry is not well managed. He is in very big disadvantage with the Democratic incumbent. He has been raising money as a US House candidate, all this time and it is not enough to challenge a Democratic incumbent in a D+1 state.

    In practical terms, this entry only means that the Republican stablisment is ready to spend more money than before, but still this is not a big change for the race. C Gardner must face a contested primary where he can lose, and later must face a well funded incumbent.

  •  Its The ACA and Obama (4+ / 0-)
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    Lencialoo, LordMike, bufffan20, pademocrat

    If the ACA becomes more popular so will Obama and the data will improve> If it doesn't , well it becomes a toss up. The GOP are not popular and the TEA Party appear out of favor so that is in our favor. the other point is the increasing percentage of minority votes (especially in Colorado that needs to be reached out.
    One hopeful point. Look at Virginia: An off year election, the Democrats took the Governors and retook the State Senate . An off year election. If we can maintain turnout like Virginia maybe must maybe

    a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.

    by Jamesleo on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 06:50:23 PM PST

  •  Personhood Amendment saving grace for Udall (4+ / 0-)

    It's on the ballot again in it went down big in 2010 (71-29) and 2008 (73-27) helped drive Democrats and women to the polls. If Udall can capitalize on this like Bennett and Hickenlooper did in 2010 he should be fine.

  •  The Hosue and Senate GOP? (1+ / 0-)
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    LordMike

    Obama thinks he's had it rough up til now.

  •  Actually, there is no superstar bigger than a (6+ / 0-)

    Udall in Colorado. Don't play it up.

  •  That crackpot's supposed to be a threat? (2+ / 0-)
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    Lencialoo, bufffan20

    Why would any significant number outside of his 59-39 Romney district vote for HIM?

    "It was all a mistake! I'm dieting and I told my staff to close the FRIDGE!" --attributed to Governor Christie

    by AdmiralNaismith on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 07:37:50 PM PST

  •  Rather strong candidate (1+ / 0-)
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    LordMike

    Solid conservative, but without an "extremist" label easily attached (as is in case of Buck or Hill). In swingy state, which, at least, somewhat turned against Democrats after gun control legislation was enacted by Legislature. With substantional number of Hispanics to see tangible turnout decrease in midterms. With Republicans nothing to lose even if Gardner loses - his district will elect even Hitler if he will have a "R" after his name.

    Udall has a battle on his hands, for sure.

    •  Not extremist? (7+ / 0-)

      He voted for shutdown. He was in favor of a Personhood amendment. He was against having hospitals tell women about their options after being raped.

      Make no mistake - the "extremist" millstone isn't around his neck yet - if only because no-one has bothered - but there's one fitted up for him and you can bet the Udall campaign will be quick to make sure he's wearing it.

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Wed Feb 26, 2014 at 08:53:30 PM PST

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      •  At least - not yet (1+ / 0-)
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        LordMike

        Buck had it from the beginning. And, as i said above, it's my feeling that Colorado moved somewhat to the right last year.

        •  I disagree... (0+ / 0-)

          Maybe right in regards to guns by some...but certainly not in other areas. Despite what Gardner says the Colorado Health care site is working great, improving all the time and it goes without speaking that legal MJ is nothing close to the right. Also, most in Colorado have a much different view of personhood than Gardner, strong influences here for immigration and respect for our Hispanic population.  BTW, I live in Gardners house district.  

          Confucius say: "Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient."

          by Lencialoo on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 09:33:24 AM PST

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    •  Great article covering Gardner....real truth about (0+ / 0-)

      his record in Colorado.  
      In the Colorado Independent this morning:

      http://www.coloradoindependent.com/...

      He is running for Senate now, not the TP right wing he was serving for in the House of Reps.  May not be so easy for him.

      Confucius say: "Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient."

      by Lencialoo on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 09:26:23 AM PST

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