Ernest Luning

Gardner officially launches Senate bid

Field narrows as GOP sets sights on Udall
The Colorado Statesman

Vowing to reverse a decade-long slump in the Republican Party’s fortunes in swing state Colorado, Rep. Cory Gardner officially launched his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall on Saturday inside a Denver lumber warehouse.

“In 2008, Colorado led the nation for change,” said the two-term congressman, referencing a year Democrats — including President Barack Obama and Udall — carried the state. “And in 2014, we can change it again.”

Caucuses signal official beginning of election season

The Colorado Statesman

Just as crocuses are beginning to stir under snow-packed lawns, Democrats and Republicans roused the grassroots at caucuses on Tuesday across the state, when thousands of voters convened in schools, churches and community centers to kick off the year’s election calendar.

Beauprez joins crowded field in guv’s race

The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez formally entered the governor’s race this week, making it eight Republicans hoping to take on incumbent Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

“I’ve been watching this race and thinking that this was an opportunity to maybe take some turf back for the GOP side, especially given the governor’s record of late,” Beauprez told The Colorado Statesman.

Gardner’s switch changes the game

The Colorado Statesman

In a stunning development that instantly reconfigured Colorado’s electoral landscape, news broke Wednesday afternoon that U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican, plans to drop his bid for reelection and instead challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall for a seat that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Caucuses signal start of 2014 election cycle

GOP has more at stake for March 4 meetings
The Colorado Statesman

It’s time for Colorado voters who want to participate in grassroots Republican and Democratic party organizing to partake in that biennial ritual, the precinct caucus. The party meetings are being held throughout the state on March 4 in schools, churches, community centers and other neighborhood gathering places, marking the first official step in the year’s political calendar.

Coffman, Romanoff rally supporters in highly competitive CD 6 race

The Colorado Statesman

The two candidates in what some observers have already pegged the most competitive congressional race in the country this year — and likely the most expensive — encouraged supporters and previewed their campaigns at rallies last weekend in Aurora.

GOP candidates for guv attack Hick and absent front-runners

The Colorado Statesman

Four of Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial hopefuls took turns attacking Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday at a debate in Denver but also heaped criticism on the two GOP front-runners, who have so far declined to participate in debates they say will only sow division among Republicans.

Crowded field of Republican Senate hopefuls united

...against incumbent Udall
The Colorado Statesman

A stage full of Republican Senate hopefuls last Saturday heaped criticism on U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and vowed to unite behind whichever candidate wins what could be a crowded primary to take on the Democrat in the November election.

Seven GOP candidates spoke for more than two hours before a crowd of about 100 at the Northglenn Recreation Center, responding to questions ranging from the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement now that Colorado has legalized the drug — the feds shouldn’t second-guess state voters, candidates agreed — to how Republicans can attract Hispanic voters.

Sen. Udall faces tight reelection race, poll says

...but Hick maintains comfortable lead over GOP challengers so far
The Colorado Statesman

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is locked in a tight race for a second term, running just barely ahead of several potential Republican challengers, according to a poll released on Thursday by Quinnipiac University.

Voters approved of Udall 45 percent to 42 percent but were evenly split on whether he deserves reelection, with 42 percent picking each side of the question.

Colorado GOP confident about ‘14 prospects

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republicans are confident that this is the year voters will reverse the GOP’s decade-long slump in the state and throw the Democrats out. With Democratic control of the governorship, a U.S. Senate seat and both legislative chambers at stake this year, state Republicans believe they are putting in place an organization primed to take advantage of a restless electorate ready to reject a liberal agenda Republican leaders repeatedly termed too extreme for the swing state.