Late night development in battle for Senate
March 18th, 2014
09:54 AM ET
9 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. Tampa Tim

    But will the Kochs give Gardner $30 million for his campaign, since he is not a bagger? Of course they will.

    March 18, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    This is a troubling development. The TPE, Tea Party Express, is not mounting as many primary challenges. Did somebody finally slap some sense into them for repeatedly pushing unelectable candidates?

    March 18, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. salty dog

    They know a primary battle leaves the victor bloodied beyond repair.

    March 18, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. salty dog

    Whatever he got in return he seems happy with, big money moves mountains .

    March 18, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. guest

    I might just be tired of politics as usual, but doesnt it seem a bit sleazy that you have the party deciding who is going to be available to represent the people? My romantic view was always that the people elevate someone speaking for them, and the candidate chooses a party. Just seems pretty off when it is working in reverse of that, especially when the party is importing people to the state to represent the people in the state.

    March 18, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. salty dog

    Excellent point guest, they would never try to circumvent your rights to representation, their God fearing freedom loving patriots, hard to say without vomiting.

    March 18, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Anonymous

    tom l

    @smith

    Obama backed this coup in Ukraine and now we have a big mess there. The same thing happend in Egypt and Libya. Maybe we should quit meddling in other countries because we are just making the situation worse. Romney is just playing politics, but Ron Paul has the right idea. There is nothing the US can do anyway.
    ====
    Yep, yep, yep and yep. And Ron Paul has always been correct and never waivered. You would think that liberals would agree with him (especially with Iraq) but, alas, he has an "r" next to his name and we all know that the gang cares a lot more "who" says it rather than "what" is said...

    @tom l- I agree with your comment about Paul and the scary "r" by his name. The liberals have turned Obama into some sort of a messiah that can do no wrong. If you are a "I", "R", or just simply don't agree with his policies you become an enemy to liberals.

    March 18, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. g

    looks like the drug companies and booze companies want to take over the pot business industry

    March 18, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    This is a troubling development. The TPE, Tea Party Express, is not mounting as many primary challenges. Did somebody finally slap some sense into them for repeatedly pushing unelectable candidates?
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    I am worried about this as well. TPE wags the GOP dog but they might have agreed to take a lower profile. I hope that the fact that they are pulled back doesn't make progressive voters relax. They are still out there heavily influencing the GOP. Progressives need to get out there and vote.

    March 18, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. smith

    Anonymous

    tom l

    @smith

    Obama backed this coup in Ukraine and now we have a big mess there. The same thing happend in Egypt and Libya. Maybe we should quit meddling in other countries because we are just making the situation worse. Romney is just playing politics, but Ron Paul has the right idea. There is nothing the US can do anyway.
    ====
    Yep, yep, yep and yep. And Ron Paul has always been correct and never waivered. You would think that liberals would agree with him (especially with Iraq) but, alas, he has an "r" next to his name and we all know that the gang cares a lot more "who" says it rather than "what" is said...

    @tom l- I agree with your comment about Paul and the scary "r" by his name. The liberals have turned Obama into some sort of a messiah that can do no wrong. If you are a "I", "R", or just simply don't agree with his policies you become an enemy to liberals

    Comment from smith.

    March 18, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Pete

    Republicans have painted themselves in a corner being against every class of citizen America has ..Do you actually think using their politically inept brains at this juncture trying to gather votes from these same people they've alienated themselves from is going to change anything ,of course not ...

    March 18, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. much thunder...little rain

    udall will be in big trouble ....not from Gardner...but from all the stoners who will forget to vote

    March 18, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -Anonymous

    tom l

    @smith

    Obama backed this coup in Ukraine and now we have a big mess there. The same thing happend in Egypt and Libya. Maybe we should quit meddling in other countries because we are just making the situation worse. Romney is just playing politics, but Ron Paul has the right idea. There is nothing the US can do anyway.
    ====
    Yep, yep, yep and yep. And Ron Paul has always been correct and never waivered. You would think that liberals would agree with him (especially with Iraq) but, alas, he has an "r" next to his name and we all know that the gang cares a lot more "who" says it rather than "what" is said...

    @tom l- I agree with your comment about Paul and the scary "r" by his name. The liberals have turned Obama into some sort of a messiah that can do no wrong. If you are a "I", "R", or just simply don't agree with his policies you become an enemy to liberals.
    *********************************************
    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.

    March 18, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    This is a troubling development. The TPE, Tea Party Express, is not mounting as many primary challenges. Did somebody finally slap some sense into them for repeatedly pushing unelectable candidates?
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    What you find "troubling" I find delightful.

    March 18, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. salty dog

    TRTP, like Palin attacking the pope, then making herself out to be the victim, priceless. You really need to have something wrong with you to cast a blind eye to the gop tactics these days

    March 18, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Enough is Enough

    "This is a troubling development." – No, the troubling development was the election of Obama and turning the government over to the progressives. Now at least we may have a chance to save this nation from ruin......That is if the democrat get out the dead to vote initiative doesn't work...or they don't find just enough ballots to win in the trunk of a car....

    March 18, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. wendel

    the republican party as a whole just plane stinks. they are busy fighting each other instead of working for the American people. I guess with enough money they can import anyone to run in any districe. the Koch brothers seem to be running the show anyway

    March 18, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    This is a troubling development. The TPE, Tea Party Express, is not mounting as many primary challenges. Did somebody finally slap some sense into them for repeatedly pushing unelectable candidates?
    --–
    What you find "troubling" I find delightful.
    **********************************
    Whatever happened to the freedom for the Right to pick their fringe candidates that are funded by bored oligarchs? I'm disappointed.

    March 18, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -salty dog

    TRTP, like Palin attacking the pope, then making herself out to be the victim, priceless. You really need to have something wrong with you to cast a blind eye to the gop tactics these days
    **********************************
    I guess when you've sheared your own flock to the tune of millions, having your behavior called out by someone with real moral standing is akin to being a victim. The truth is always uncomfortable, especially for someone who refuses to admit the social cost of wealth flowing to the top when she's towards the top.

    March 18, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Enough is Enough

    @Pete – "Republicans have painted themselves in a corner being against every class of citizen America has ..Do you actually think using their politically inept brains at this juncture trying to gather votes from these same people they've alienated themselves from is going to change anything ,of course not ..."

    Who did they alienate? The 47%ers? The takers? I'll grant you that conservatives haven't bought votes the way progressives have. I'll also agree that progressives pushing amnesty for illegal aliens and voting rights for felons certainly builds up their base.....but those of us fotting the bill have had it with their antics....

    March 18, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Silence DoGood

    @Enough is Enough
    "That is if the democrat get out the dead to vote initiative doesn't work...or they don't find just enough ballots to win in the trunk of a car...."
    ------------
    Can one day go by without a right wing unfounded conspiracy theory? People would take you more seriously if you argued politics or philosophy instead of what some guy said about something he hear on The Internet.

    March 18, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Enough is Enough

    "Whatever happened to the freedom for the Right to pick their fringe candidates that are funded by bored oligarchs? I'm disappointed."

    You mean like the left allows the Weather Underground bombers to selct theirs?

    March 18, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. 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.

    March 18, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -Enough is Enough

    "This is a troubling development." – No, the troubling development was the election of Obama and turning the government over to the progressives. Now at least we may have a chance to save this nation from ruin......That is if the democrat get out the dead to vote initiative doesn't work...or they don't find just enough ballots to win in the trunk of a car....
    ***************************************
    I don't suppose its occurred to you that the GOP lost that election because they had led the country into 2 wars that were unpopular, they blew the debt out of the water, mismanaged the economy, gutted oversight, and made us into a laughingstock around the world? Of course not. For you, everything was hunky-dory, and it was all the fault of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and that evil Kenyan Socialist Obama. The GOP was helpless to stop the destruction of our liberties and freedoms because of evil and weak courts, and the ineptitude and cirruption of the Obama administration- oh the horror! Millions of fraudulent ballots cast to defeat the Mormon Golden Boy! Did I miss anything in your rant? By the way, how's your 401K doing?

    March 18, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    -Enough is Enough

    "Whatever happened to the freedom for the Right to pick their fringe candidates that are funded by bored oligarchs? I'm disappointed."

    You mean like the left allows the Weather Underground bombers to selct theirs?
    ******************
    Why stop at the 60's? Why not say the IWW is to blame? You're actually funny in your paranoia.

    March 18, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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