Skip to comments.Tea party-backed candidate drops out of Colorado Senate race (coalescing behind Gardner)
Posted on 03/18/2014 8:16:54 AM PDT by cotton1706
Colorado Republican State Sen. Owen Hill ended his Senate campaign Tuesday night and threw his support behind Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, leaving the party largely united behind Gardner to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.
Today I am ending my campaign for the US Senate, Hill wrote in an email to supporters Tuesday night. Thank you for your relentless help and encouragement during this journey. Congressman Cory Gardner has the best chance of defeating Mark Udall in November and I pray that he does.
Gardner made a late entry into the Senate race, announcing at the end of February after previously declaring that he would not run. With a weak field of Republican contenders considered unlikely to beat Udall, Gardners decision to jump in seemed to put the seat in play. Two of the previously announced Republicans moved to clear the way for him state Rep. Amy Stephens dropped out of the race, and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck switched races, opting to run for Gardners House seat instead.
But not Hill. The State Senator refused to drop out, though he said Gardner had asked him to, and lambasted the move as corruption and the party leadership trying to decide who gets to run.
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Lesson learned. Tea Partiers may not get their man in but they can get Udall out through a unified effort.
conservatives, i think, will recall and laud your personal sacrifice the next time you run. i just hope other’s will learn from your example.
I guess it’s time for the Dems to recruit a Libertarian to run a third party spoiler campaign.
Yes we can IF we can keep a libertarian off the ballot to draw voters away from Gardner. We need to take the senate at all costs and continue to make it more conservative over time. I hate RINO’s but I hate Dems more.
well FRiend Russ, i don’t subscribe to the notion that libertarians (or moderates as i call them), take more as a rule from a conservative candidate then the leftist. for instance, the libertarian apparently took 5% in that recent florida special in a reportedly evenly split district (obama won 51/49), leaving the rep with 48 and the dem with 46.
i suppose that a moderate republican could lose support via a libertarian candidate since they are really birds of a feather. but as a conservative, i’d rather lose that kind of republican anyway.
most of the libertarians i know would never support a true conservative (being leftists or “moderates” at heart). i find that they tend to take their support from the dem when there is a libertarian against a true conservative in the race.
This is good news! I’ll get out my checkbook.
Owen will continue to be an important member of Colorado grass roots politics, and has a bright future.
Glad to see him support Gardner!
Spending Saturday as a Delegate to County Caucus!
Commendable move Owen Hill.
This is the way to win.
He did the right thing. Gardner is acceptably conservative.
Good Job Hill! Thinking of the greater good. With this we can win a consevative victory!
We can take out Udall in November!!
Hey Mitch.... pay attention. You might want to put the country ahead of your stubborn will. You will not defeat Grimes in November. Drop out now and support the guy who can win in November; Matt Bevin.
Reach out to the Hispanic vote in CO. I heard Rush on my lunch break today say that something like 58% or 68% of Hispanics in CO do NOT approve of ObamaCare. This is an opportunity for the GOP to reach out to Hispanics. Will they do so? Prolly not. (Feel free to correct my percentages, anyone. But, I know the number was exceedingly high.)
That’s how it works if the candidates actually put the country ahead of their own egos.