Colorado Senate Race Could Decide Balance Of Power

November 4, 2014 5:25 PM

Colorado Senate Race Could Decide Balance Of Power
" GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) – Colorado’s close Senate race not only could determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, but also whether Republicans can say they have a viable future in similar fast-growing swing states with moderate electorates.

Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, facing a tough challenge from Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, is using the same tactics that allowed Democrats to win top-of-the-ticket races in Colorado for a decade: A focus on young voters, women and minorities, coupled with a strong get-out-the-vote operation.

Gardner is trying to show that playbook can be defeated, both by taking head-on Udall’s claims that Gardner wants to outlaw some forms of contraception and by beefing up his own voter turnout effort.

“Colorado is either going to be the model of how to defeat the (Democratic) blueprint or the model of why it’s so effective,” said Kelly Maher, a Denver GOP operative.

Republicans needed six seats to win control of the Senate and were all but assured of winning Democratic-held seats in West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota.

Michael Laughlin, 58, of Denver said he voted for Udall in hopes Democrats will keep control "

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