2008 Political Campaigns

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SD 26 race in Arapahoe County ends on grace note

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The tight-as-a-tick Senate District 26 race between Democrat Linda Newell and Republican Lauri Clapp ended on a grace note, with Clapp conceding and conveying her “sincere congratulations” to Newell on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Dem Udall snaps up Senate seat

'Blue Tuesday' engulfs Schaffer

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

“Blue Tuesday” engulfed Colorado in a storm of change — propelling Democrat Mark Udall into the U.S. Senate and blowing Republican Bob Schaffer out of the water. The cold reality hit Republicans early in the evening, as election returns from key conservative counties favored Udall.

GOP finds some cheer

Legislative results help boost battered morale

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

For national candidates John McCain, Bob Schaffer and Marilyn Musgrave, the Election Day sun set on a blue Colorado. In the state Legislature, however, GOP candidates held their own. In the Colorado House of Representatives, Republicans picked up three seats and lost one. That alone was a big boost to the GOP’s battered morale, but the fact that one of the captured seats belonged to the man expected to be the next speaker of the House was almost enough to make the rest of their troubles fade.

U.S. Senate race reaches its very rough and tumble final lap

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The race to fill the seat retired by U.S. Senator Wayne Allard has been a rough and tumble ride for Democrat Congressman Mark Udall and former Republican Congressman Bob Schaffer. The two men have agreed and disagreed on political issues — mostly conforming to their partisan philosophies — and displayed vast differences in personal style.