Heralded as one of the strongest GOP candidates of the 2014 campaign cycle, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) snagged Sen. Mark Udall’s (D-Colo.) seat Tuesday.
Gardner had nearly 51 percent of the vote with 59 percent of precincts reporting. Udall had 43.8 percent of the vote.
Udall, a first-term senator, was derisively dubbed “Sen. Uterus” for focusing his campaign on Gardner’s views on abortion, personhood and birth control. Gardner is anti-abortion and also supports making the birth control pill available over the counter.
The Denver Post gave one of the most notable endorsements of the campaign season in picking Gardner over Udall.
“Rather than run on his record, Udall’s campaign has devoted a shocking amount of energy and money trying to convince voters that Gardner seeks to outlaw birth control despite the congressman’s call for over-the-counter sales of contraceptives. Udall is trying to frighten voters rather than inspire them with a hopeful vision,” the paper said in its editorial. “His obnoxious one-issue campaign is an insult to those he seeks to convince.”
Gardner overtook Udall in the polls over the past month and developed a steady lead.