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Blog says Colo’s U.S. Senate race leaning Democratic

Lynn Bartels
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado

A well-known political blog has has changed the rating of Colorado’s open U.S. Senate race from “No clear favorite” to “Leans Democratic.”

The blog, CQ Politics, now considers Democrat Udall “as a narrow front-runner in a highly competitive race that had been previously classified as a toss-up.”

Udall faces Republican Bob Schaffer, whose campaign manager, Dick Wadhams, gave a so-what to the latest news.

“Ask President John Kerry and the United States senator, Tom Strickland, what early polls and prognostications have been like,” Wadhams said.

Strickland, a Democrat, lost the 1996 and 2002 U.S. Senate race to Republican Wayne Allard, whose campaigns were managed by Wadhams.

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Schaffer is a former congressman from Fort Collins. Udall, of Eldorado Springs, is serving his fifth term in Congress.

CQ Politics wrote that its rating change was based on several factors, including recent polls that show Udall pulling ahead and a national climate that favors Democrats over Republicans.

Udall’s campaign spokeswoman, Tara Trujillo, also credited the differences between the two candidates. She said Udall had worked to make Colorado the “nation’s leader in renewable energy development.” Schaffer, she said, has worked for the oil and gas industry.”

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