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Keystone, Personhood, Immigration Surface as Key Issues in Colorado Senate Race

Gardner giving Udall a run for his money and a GOP shot at turning a seat red.

Steve Caulk


July 14, 2014 - 9:13 pm
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In Colorado’s last six statewide elections, voters have chosen the Democratic candidate, including the last two presidential elections.

Now Republicans across the nation view Colorado as one of perhaps six locations that could tip the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, and Democrats in this purple state are becoming increasingly uncomfortable.

The race under the microscope is incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) vs. Rep. Corey Gardner (R-Colo.), and Udall’s camp acknowledges the most recent polls show Gardner with a one- or even two-percentage point lead. It stands as a disconcerting turn of events for all those Democrats in Colorado and across the nation who have such a vested interested in this race.

Only four months ago, the election was set up as a likely slam-dunk for Udall, who expected to face a far less challenging (and baggage-ridden) Ken Buck, the Weld County district attorney who unsuccessfully challenged Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) in 2010.

Surprisingly and with scant explanation, Gardner opted to abandon his own slam-dunk re-election efforts for his seat in the House, announcing that he would instead begin campaigning against Udall. Fellow Republican Buck stepped aside, and now stands a good chance of inheriting Gardner’s seat in Congress.

Essentially, the Republicans had chosen their most electable candidate to go against Udall in this most critical of races.

So far, it seems to be paying off, no matter how hard the Udall camp tries to paint Gardner as a pro-personhood, anti-immigration, environment-be-damned candidate – issues that seem to poll in Udall’s favor in most of Colorado, and certainly in his home town of Boulder. (Gardner wants everyone to remember, via his television commercials, that he grew up in rural Yuma and lives in the same house that his great-grandparents owned.)

The latter issue of oil-and-gas exploration/production/delivery has occupied some of the candidates’ focus (most specifically in the form of the Keystone Pipeline, which Gardner wants and Udall doesn’t), and Gardner’s camp described Udall as hypocritical in his rejection of Keystone at the same time that he supports exports on liquid natural gas.

But the real back-and-forth has come in the form of personhood and immigration press releases. For example, from a press release dated June 20, Udall describes Gardner’s “disturbing record on women’s access to healthcare.” And on June 26, Udall shifted gears with a release announcing that Gardner had voted “to allow immigrants to be blackmailed and threatened with deportation.”

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Republicans need to win Senate seats in states like Colorado in 2014 to offset likely 2016 losses. 2016 will be tough with lots of Republican Senators facing Presidential electorates in bluish states. Glad to see that Colorado Republicans are playing to win.
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test, since all PJM sites except Instapundit are refusing to accept comments, page changes, or shifting from newest to oldest.
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A Gardner lead of 1-2 points does not necessarily indicate a Gardner victory. The margin of Democrat fraud is at least 5% and growing. Over 1/3 of our counties now have more registered voters than men, women, children, and household pets according to the last census. The Democrats have controlled both Houses of our legislature for the last two years, and one of their first acts was to abolish polling places, make all elections mail-in, make it possible to register to vote with no ID or proof of address, or cross checks to prevent multiple registrations in multiple locations. With ballots mailed out, there is no control on who votes the ballots.

We have replicated the California system, where hundreds of illegal aliens routinely vote out of a P.O. Box.

Anyone who believes in the validity of the American electoral system and the honesty of the results is proof of H.L. Mencken's aphorism:

“No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”

Subotai Bahadur
32 weeks ago
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Udall's criticisms of Gardner sound like they came out of a crackerjack box.

Very trite & predictable.

I hope Colorado voters see through them.
32 weeks ago
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As I watch Udall's television commercials, I'm struck with the thought that he NEVER mentions his record as a Senator. As an incumbent you would think that would be his most important selling point. Why, then doesn't he run on his marvelous accomplishments and sterling record?

He's on the WRONG side on Obamacare
He's on the WRONG side on the second amendment
He's on the WRONG side on illegal aliens
He's on the WRONG side on the IRS scandal
He's on the WRONG side on energy policy and fracking
He's on the WRONG side on climate
He's blindly supported Obama on his entire socialist agenda
He won't even appear in public with Obama at his OWN fund raiser

He is running solely on repeating ceaselessly that his opponent, Cory Gardner, is "too extreme for Colorado."

I sense desperation...... and I LIKE it.
32 weeks ago
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Given that Udall concedes he voted for the Obozo agenda 99% of the time, the current public revulsion with Obozo should cause him some sleepless nights, oh, and the election, too!
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