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Cory Gardner In For Senate, Ken Buck Switches To House Run
redstate.com ^ | 2/26/14

Posted on 02/26/2014 6:34:01 PM PST by cotton1706

News broke this afternoon of a rumor that Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado’s 4th Congressional District would not seek reelection for his House seat and would instead enter the U.S. Senate race to challenge Mark Udall in November. We won’t bury the lede on this, this isn’t just a rumor. It’s a fact. Additionally, Ken Buck will exit the Senate race, endorse Gardner, and then run for the 4th Congressional District himself.

This is good news all around for a state party that has been woefully incapable of finding a path to victory in big federal races for the last decade.

As a matter of objective analysis, Cory Gardner is a proven fundraiser and has strong connections to the Eastern Plains region of Colorado, which his House seat represents, and which provides him with a built in voter bloc. Gardner also fits where Colorado is right now on the political spectrum.

In a state that is in the process of swinging back towards the right, largely led by the very same rural Coloradans he represented in CD4 , Gardner could be the best candidate to go up against an incumbent who has a record of voting with his party and an unpopular President 99% of the time.

When asked by RedState about the race switch, Ken Buck said, “I think Cory has the best chance to beat Senator Udall. But I still want to go to Washington D.C. and address the issues I have talked about in my campaign. That’s why I decided to run for the House.”

(Excerpt) Read more at redstate.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2014elections; 2016election; colorado; corygardner; election2014; election2016; elections; kenbuck; markudall
For those in Colorado who didn't like Buck being the potential nominee, this should be good news!
1 posted on 02/26/2014 6:34:02 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Good deal.

Win the Senate!!


2 posted on 02/26/2014 6:51:06 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: cotton1706

Whoa doggies. Udall is vulnerable.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 6:58:17 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: cotton1706

I think its a good move for both. Unfortunately I will be moving out of Colorado before November.


4 posted on 02/26/2014 7:00:51 PM PST by Delphster
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5 posted on 02/26/2014 7:05:28 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: La Lydia
Whoa doggies. Udall is vulnerable.

Very much so.

6 posted on 02/26/2014 7:39:03 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Jane Long

Gardner is a RINO’s RINO. A small improvement on Udall who will bolt to invoke cloture several times in six years in a way that will be very painful for conservatives. He’s also about 5’5” and Udall will tower over him in debates.

If he or Stephens are the nominee, massive conservative disinterest in the race.

I suspect this means Stephens is out, though, as she occupies the same RINO space as Gardner and her last quarter finance report was terrible despite her endorsements from every GOP-E’er around. My suspicion is that the money guys are going to force her out and replace her RINO spot with Gardner in the primary and all the endorsements will move to Gardner.

I’m surprised that Buck endorsed Gardner. Gardner is WAY to the left of Buck.


7 posted on 02/26/2014 7:48:45 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: cotton1706

Looks better.


8 posted on 02/26/2014 7:49:58 PM PST by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: Red Steel

He acknowledged the other fella has the best chance to win. How often doe a politician admit something like that?


9 posted on 02/26/2014 7:51:03 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Delphster

Make like a democrat, and get your absentee ballot before you move...


10 posted on 02/26/2014 8:03:57 PM PST by MrShoop
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Very few.


11 posted on 02/26/2014 8:10:00 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: cotton1706

“For those in Colorado who didn’t like Buck being the potential nominee, this should be good news! “

OH YEAH! Double good news: no Buck for Senate AND Cory, because Cory is probably the most electable Republican in the state right now. He’s no tainted. Not offensive. Experienced with the press. Won two House elections now. Good looking, good family man. 3rd or 4th gen Colorodan. And quite conservative!


12 posted on 02/26/2014 9:07:29 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: ModelBreaker

I’ve followed Cory’s House votes, and he’s DEFINITELY NOT A RINO. Would I like to have seen him vote like a Tea Party conservative? Yes. But Tea Party candidates can’t win in this state. Their 100% losing record proves it.


13 posted on 02/26/2014 9:10:08 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: catnipman

Gardner is in a district where he could have voted correctly on every bill and never been challenged. He chose to be one of the more moderate members of the GOP in the house.


14 posted on 02/26/2014 10:16:19 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: ModelBreaker

“He chose to be one of the more moderate members of the GOP in the house.”

Perhaps he was planning on eventually running for Senate, or just as likely he was repeatedly threatened by the national party. He’s still by far our best choice in Colorado in terms of being electable and still being a conservative. Udall has voted with Obama 99% of the time and is nothing more than an obama clone. Also, note that Tea Party candidates have lost 100% of the time in Colorado.


15 posted on 02/26/2014 10:20:37 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: ModelBreaker

Followup on my previous post. As I predicted, Amy Stephens has withdrawn from the Senate race.

http://gazette.com/editorial-thank-amy-stephens-for-rare-selfless-decision/article/1515516

The money guys did some major arm twisting on Buck and Stephens to make this happen. They now have their Chamber of Commerce guy as the Senate Candidate with no other moderates splitting the primary vote.

Gardner is very weak on illegal immigration. He won’t make the Senate worse in that regard if he beats Udall. But getting Gardner out of the house and replaced by a conservative like Buck will make the House a little better on illegal immigration. So at least there’s that.


16 posted on 02/26/2014 10:22:15 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: catnipman

Here are some of his ratings from groups I respect. Very weak.

FreedomWorks - 62%
Club for Growth - 69%
Heritage Action - 67%
Citizens Against Government Waste - 67%
National Small Business Association - 66%
Eagle Forum - 33%


17 posted on 02/26/2014 10:24:35 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: ModelBreaker

How does Udall rate? It’s either Cory or Udall. Take your pick.


18 posted on 02/26/2014 10:27:35 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: catnipman

“How does Udall rate? It’s either Cory or Udall. Take your pick.”

Vote R. We don’t suck quite as much as the D’s.

Getting real tired of it.


19 posted on 02/26/2014 11:10:32 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: cotton1706; Morgan in Denver

FYI - in case you haven’t seen this.


20 posted on 02/27/2014 7:10:32 AM PST by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops)
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To: cotton1706

Well,if this is true, I think it’s a good thing. Buck has a “losing” track record; Gardner is a “winner”. I feel a lot better about a pick-up in CO now. Harry Reid must have found a gold brick in his toilet this morning.


21 posted on 02/27/2014 7:52:48 AM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: ModelBreaker

I’m surprised that Buck endorsed Gardner. Gardner is WAY to the left of Buck.
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Hey, with 90 percent of people in politics, or desiring to get into politics, it’s all about looking out for their interest first. Buck sees a better chance to get to D.C. this way. Most politician have a little “political whore” in them. Ask Rand Paul.


22 posted on 02/27/2014 7:59:25 AM PST by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they'd both have one.)
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To: cotton1706

How is he on immigration?


23 posted on 02/27/2014 1:38:16 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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