Republicans get top tier Senate challenger in Colorado
February 26th, 2014
04:38 PM ET
6 months ago

Republicans get top tier Senate challenger in Colorado

Washington (CNN) - Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican elected in 2010, has decided to run for Senate, two sources tell CNN.

The 39-year-old Gardner joins a crowded field of Republicans seeking the GOP nomination, and will be considered a serious contender for the nod. Among those in the race are Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, state Sen. Owen Hill, and state Rep. Amy Stephens.

The winner of the June 24 GOP primary will face Sen. Mark Udall in November. Udall was elected in 2008.

Just last year Gardner stated he would not run for the Senate in 2014, but as the political landscape appeared to be getting better for Republicans he reconsidered, said one of the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Republicans only need a net gain of six seats to win back control of the Senate chamber in November.

Leaving the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday after a vote on a GOP-backed bill on the IRS, Gardner declined to answer reporters questions about whether he was running for the Senate.

The congressman tried to change the subject and continued a conversation on his cell phone. When pressed again by CNN whether he was running for the Senate, Gardner referred to the bill on the House floor, saying "I'm happy to talk about the vote."

A couple of hours after the news about Gardner broke, a Colorado Republican source told CNN that Buck would drop his Senate bid and instead run for Gardner's House seat.

CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report


Filed under: Colorado • Cory Gardner • Mark Udall
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. just saying

    kiss colorado good bye democrats.... send your thank you cards to obama, reid and pelosi.

    February 26, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    kiss colorado good bye democrats.... send your thank you cards to obama, reid and pelosi.
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    I seem to remember similar promises 4 years ago from Ken Buck and Sharon Angle and Joe Miller: thanks for nominating another member of the whack job express, you've just made the job a lot easier. What's he going to do, get Ted Nugent to campaign for him? You have nothing without the gun issue, and even you know it.

    February 26, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. O'drama ya Mama

    just saying

    kiss colorado good bye democrats.... send your thank you cards to obama, reid and pelosi.
    February 26, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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    Sureee...coming from the state that wanted to form North Colorado so that the Republicans can get "fair representation".

    February 26, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    He looks pretty formidable. But can he get far enough to the right to win the primary and then get back to the center for the general? Little tough when that far right has been stretchedd to the nether ends of the galaxy.

    February 26, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "kiss colorado good bye democrats.... send your thank you cards to obama, reid and pelosi."

    President Romney approves this message.

    February 26, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. DJ Reality

    Ahh the republican wacky train gets better and better. But as the president goes so does the republican crazy train. They should look to Ozzy Osborne for their official song..

    February 26, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    I think he will bring that repeal Obamacare, attack women's rights, voter suppression mentality, to the campaign. You know, all the things that brain dead wingnuts want to hear.

    February 26, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    I wonder if there are any women, minorities,poor, workers, students, veterans, seniors, uninsured, unemployed who will join with democrats and send right wing extreme ism to a tremendous defeat.

    February 26, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. tom l

    @The Real TP
    "member of the whack job express"
    =======

    Why is it okay to refer to someone like me (who agrees with much of what the TEA Party actually stands for and not what you guys think they stand for) in this manner? I don't even think you realize how insulting that is and then you wonder why I respond the way I do sometimes. I'm not a whack job nor are many many of the TEA Party members. I truly believe you have a total misunderstanding of what they stand for because on many posts here liberals on here talk about them wanting to make this a Christian nation and religion is nowhere to be found. You talk about the TEA Party hating women and being racist but, again, that's a total misunderstanding because while some politicians might have positions on those issues, most TEA Party people stand by their true guiding principles which is Taxed Enough Already and the desire for smaller govt.

    You are literally calling me a whack job with your comment. Is that cool? I really don't think so...

    February 26, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    It is time to put a stop to Harry Reid allowing Obama to run the Senate.

    February 26, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. tom l

    @The Real TP,
    I also would think it would be helpful if you went to the sites of the TEA Party Express and TEA Party Patriots. You will find their mission statements there. Nowhere does it talk about a single social issue. It's fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, smaller govt and stop out of control spending. That's it. That's what most people involved care about.

    February 26, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. LacrosseMom

    Rooting for Senator Udall to WIN, again! The GOP/Teas are desperate,but they do not seem to understand that their beliefs, their bigotry, their total disregard for what We, the People want is the reason they keep losing.

    KEEP COLORADO BLUE!

    February 26, 2014 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @just saying
    kiss colorado good bye democrats.... send your thank you cards to obama, reid and pelosi.

    Actually... Oh never mind. It's only "just saying" spouting off again...

    February 26, 2014 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    If you get a chance to look up the make up of the TEA Party, you will find they are basically a older group of white people.

    February 26, 2014 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    Are there any teaklans who are either not rising or not full of themselves CNN?

    February 26, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. Meghan

    Colorado Republicans have this fantasy that Californians are to blame for the state's left-ward shift. I'd like to remind them that we have had plenty of people move from Texas too, and that the state is left-leaning because Colorado natives are ticked off that the Republican Party in Colorado seems to only be able to run idiots. Most Republicans are of the Libertarian variety and they keep running the social conservatives. Cory Gardner is too interested in what women do with their own bodies to be a good fit for Colorado. The only thing he's got going for him that could get him a win is a large population of uneducated, arrogant, white voters. Unfortunately there's a segment of the population who would like for us to follow Arizona (I can count my own mother as one) and he easily has that group in his pocket.

    February 26, 2014 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. Too Scruffy

    Maybe Obama can go to Colorado and rally his troops around his wonderful 'BamaCare. That'll teach those pesky re-thug, tea party, knuckle draggers! If you like your Senator, you can keep your Senator! I am Barrack Hussein Obama, and I endorse this message!

    February 26, 2014 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    No republican of the current crop is a top tier canadates for ANY OFFICE in this country!!!!

    February 26, 2014 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. Al

    Tom, it doesn't matter what the tea party claims it stands for when their actions speak so much louder. Racist signs of Obama as a witch doctor at rallies, for example. Or booing a soldier at the tea party debate because he's gay. Cheering the idea of letting someone without health insurance die. Passing as many anti abortion laws as possible. Shall I go on?
    You like to think your group is some kind of enlightened grass roots cause focusing only on the economy, but you're not. Your cause is phony and being used to pull the wool over your eyes because you don't understand basic economics.

    February 26, 2014 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. Chuck

    He is a better candidate than Buck but he's still an extreme social conservative, which doesn't bode well in a state that legalized pot and voted down a fetal personhood bill by more than 70%. Not to mention his stance on immigration in a state with a large Hispanic population.

    February 26, 2014 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  21. WKNDTHG3

    Another member of the "whack job express"...

    February 27, 2014 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l

    @The Real TP
    "member of the whack job express"
    =======

    Why is it okay to refer to someone like me (who agrees with much of what the TEA Party actually stands for and not what you guys think they stand for) in this manner? I don't even think you realize how insulting that is and then you wonder why I respond the way I do sometimes. I'm not a whack job nor are many many of the TEA Party members. I truly believe you have a total misunderstanding of what they stand for because on many posts here liberals on here talk about them wanting to make this a Christian nation and religion is nowhere to be found. You talk about the TEA Party hating women and being racist but, again, that's a total misunderstanding because while some politicians might have positions on those issues, most TEA Party people stand by their true guiding principles which is Taxed Enough Already and the desire for smaller govt.

    You are literally calling me a whack job with your comment. Is that cool? I really don't think so...
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    Tom, if I wanted to call you that, there would be no doubt. Every candidate I mentioned was an outlier 4 years ago, and nothing they have said or done since then can change that fact. I can reason with you: people like just saying are not capable, or willing to be reasoned with. Nothing that you have said puts you in the whack job category. I have never engaged in racebaiting, or played the gender card, and I challenge you to find a post where I have. the Tea party has attracted outliers who have played their versions of that card, and to deny that is turning a blind eye. I was not, REPEAT, was not directing that at you. If you feel I have , I apologise.

    February 27, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |