Late night development in battle for Senate
March 18th, 2014
09:54 AM ET
4 months ago

Late night development in battle for Senate

(CNN) - A late night move has cleared the path for Republican Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in this year's midterm election.

State Sen. Owen Hill Monday night announced he was dropping his bid for the GOP nomination in Colorado. In an email to supporters Hill said "Congressman Cory Gardner has the best chance of defeating Mark Udall in November and I pray that he does."

Hill was supported by many tea party activists and recently won the endorsement of the Tea Party Express, a leading national tea party organization.

Gardner initially decided against running for the Senate last year, but he changed his mind and announced last month that he would launch a bid. After Gardner jumped in, two other candidates, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck (the GOP's 2010 Senate nominee) and state Rep. Amy Stephens, ended their Senate campaigns.

Hill's move, first reported by Colorado Peak Politics, means Gardner is now considered the all-but-certain GOP nominee, and can concentrate his efforts on challenging Udall. In Gardner, who was first elected to the House in 2010, the GOP has the top tier candidate they were looking for to take on Udall, who Republicans consider vulnerable.

"I want to thank Sen. Hill for doing what he believed was necessary to help unite our Party and work together to defeat Mark Udall in November," said Colorado Republican Committee Chairman Ryan Call, in a statement.

Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up in November, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states, like Colorado.

The GOP had what many considered a divisive Senate primary in Colorado in 2010, but a party official in Washington says things were smoother this time around, due to moves by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The official told CNN that "the NRSC developed strong relationships with Owen Hill, Ken Buck, and Amy Stephens – all part of a strategy to be inclusive rather than exclusive in primaries, which helped this transition go smoothly as opposed to some previous, more contentious, instances in previous years."


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. salty dog

    Of course they are Indy, its not what the gop wants, so they will attack it until they get control over it, you been sleeping?

    March 18, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Malory Archer

    2_indy1600

    Was told by relative in Co that state is being sued by other states for dreaded marijuana transport, initiatives for more law inforcement, etc.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If the surrounding states are worried about cannabis (or business savvy), they'll set up road blocks at the state line and perform DUI-type checks. People willing to risk criminal charges for carrying across state lines will pay for the added law enforcement. Most likely though, those states will follow suit themselves within the next few years as they come to realize there's a lot of $$$ to be made by legalizing it – much more than to be made ticketing otherwise law-abiding citizens.

    March 18, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    It appears that republicans cannot win republican primaries. Voter suppression is all they have.

    March 18, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. smith

    Tom P wrote--
    Lets see....the adoration of Ron Paul, and now Rand, is not cult-like? How about Ted Cruz, or Sarah Palin? The problem with the people with the "R" next to their name is they don't view people who disagree with them as opponants, they view them as traitors, nazis, socialists, communist etc, and they use those terms casually: how are people supposed to respond to that? You've already made your mind up, and you don't leave a lot for interpretation. Its actually laughable that you regard yourselves ( once again) as the victims

    I agree that the right is intolerant and does sling the name calling mud. However, Paul's stance on Ukraine seems non-repub and non-dem and I agree with it. Just another reason why Im an Independent.

    March 18, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Hector Slagg

    The country need to get back to the Consitution. Something that has been severly lacking for too many years.

    March 18, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. J Anthony

    Judging by these comments we wil never unite on a common platform. It is disheartening. The American people uniting against the greed of the plutocrats is the only chance this country has. Please educate yourself as much as u can before letting yourself get sucked into the tit-for-tat that is mainstream politics

    March 18, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    HILARIOUS watching Guns Over People tea potty bumpkin wingnuts walk the plank toward another November. If they are involved ALWAYS follow the money.

    March 18, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    GOP is pretty much gone to dogs. No fool consider rethuglican garbage.

    March 18, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    smith wrote:

    I agree that the right is intolerant and does sling the name calling mud. However, Paul's stance on Ukraine seems non-repub and non-dem and I agree with it. Just another reason why Im an Independent.
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    Non-dem? What is so "non-repub and non-dem" in Paul's stance on Ukraine? Are you that much of a demagogue that you cannot even acknowledge the fact that Paul has praised the President for the guarded approach that he's taken, and that Pres. Obama has chosen the same course that he would. But, of course, Paul had to embellish it with "we should never have been able to be put into this position" sort of rhetoric. He had to criticize something. After all, he didn't want to look like a Chris Christie, just bursting with praise.

    March 18, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Name

    J Anthony. Agreed. I have been trying for some time to alert the people on these boards that dems and repubs act just like gangs. They're the modern day Crips and Bloods

    March 18, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Richard in Houston

    Hey anonymous. The only person who keeps repeating over and over to ad-nauseum that the president is the messiah is Rush Limbaugh. To para-phrase Black. Rush has messiah tourets! He can't help it it seems. He can't say the presidents name without saying it. I never once heard a democrat refer to the president as a messiah or even suggest it.I know Rush was just saying that in a humerous way and I just don't get it or some other nonsense you will use to justify Rushs constant messiah tourets.

    March 18, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    foreign policy 'failure'
    "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour" (Exodus 20: 16; Deut. 5:20 ; Romans 13:9)

    March 18, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Name

    J Anthony. Agreed. I have been trying for some time to alert the people on these boards that dems and repubs act just like gangs. They're the modern day Crips and Bloods
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    You don't do that. My man, tom l., does that. Who are you? Is that you, tom l? BTW, that comparison is so ignorant that I am truly at a loss for words. Is that supposed to be reaching out? Speaking in terms that others can understand? Do you even realize that most moderates and liberals really have no true idea of what you're talking about? Comparing the two major political parties to "Jets and Sharks", and "Crips and Bloods", is really weird, dude. Seriously.

    March 18, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Gurgyl

    GOP is pretty much gone to dogs. No fool consider rethuglican garbage.
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    Correct. The fools choose democrats.

    March 18, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Gurgyl – "GOP is pretty much gone to dogs. No fool consider rethuglican garbage."

    Correct. The fools choose democrats.
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    Pick somebody your own size. You're diminishing your credibility with the ideological demagoguery and bad jokes.

    March 18, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. odalice feliz

    great to know.

    March 18, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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