September 15th, 2009
10:03 AM ET
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Norton, Romanoff to join crowded Colorado Senate field

(CNN) – The crowded field of candidates who are challenging Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado gets some new players this week.

Today, Republican former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton is expected to announce her bid with a three-city campaign swing through Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction. Norton served as lieutenant governor under Republican Gov. Bill Owens from 2003 to 2007. She did not seek the top spot in the 2006 election, when Owens was term-limited, and is currently executive director of the Denver Police Foundation.

Norton joins at least five other Republican candidates who are considering a run for Colorado's GOP Senate nomination.

Tomorrow, Bennet gets another challenger - this time from his own party. Former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff is expected to officially announce his bid for the Democratic Senate nomination, with events planned in Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver.

Bennet was considered a surprise choice by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to replace Sen. Ken Salazar, who stepped down from his seat in January to serve as President Barack Obama's Interior Secretary. Bennet, who was superintendent of the Denver public school system, will have to defend the seat next year.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    The 2010 elections can't come fast enough for this country. We need to take back America from the leftists.

    September 15, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Enough

    Anyone but a Democrat would be acceptable. We have had enough Democratic control destroying this country to last a lifetime.

    September 15, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Casey | Ruth, CA

    The more Republicans, the merrier... nothing like a crowded field to water down the campaign contributions - in the primary AND for the general election.

    September 15, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Post always rejected by CNN

    Hey why don't we put down the whole RNC running for every seat. Any body that votes for a republican is absolutely batcrap crazy. After what they enabled bush to do to this country they are lucky they weren't sent to cheney's undisclosed locations for the duration of their terms.

    September 15, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Mississippi Mike

    Colorado Democrats spent a lot of money garnering political power. So far they've taken quite a few offices. Now, the people realize that Democrats don't know how to run anything other than a campaign and are quickly shifting their support to Republicans again. 2010 should be a good year for the GOP in Colorado.

    September 15, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. JMorris

    This seems to typical of todays politicians to me. Once they are elected they become the high and the mighty and their constituents are flung under the bus.
    For an elected official to tell someone that show's me what they really think. An unscripted remark comes from the heart, not the teleprompter.

    September 15, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Frank

    I'm from Colorado.....anything but a Republican. Things seem to be running smooth here.

    September 15, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Moderate Democrat

    We have seen what republican rule does to a country, it bankrupts it, makes it incapable of winning any wars, brings on the practice of torture and ruins our image around the world even with long standing allies.

    We must continue to eradicate any all forms of terrorism, starting with the republicans!

    September 15, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |