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GOP searching for Colorado Senate candidate

DENVER, Colorado ” The Colorado GOP is still looking for someone to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet after Attorney General John Suthers said he won’t run for the seat.

GOP officials had said Suthers would run for the Senate, but Suthers said this week he decided to seek re-election as attorney general instead. He cited the amount of time it would take to raise the estimated $8 million to $10 million needed for a viable campaign.

Bennet was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter to take the Senate seat vacated by Ken Salazar when he became interior secretary. Bennet will be up for re-election in 2010.

Former U.S. Attorney Troy Eid planned to run for attorney general if Suthers ran for Senate, but Eid says he won’t run against his friend.

State Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak said Democrats mulling a run against Suthers in 2010 include Adams County District Attorney Don Quick and CU Regent Michael Carrigan.

State Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams said Republicans considering a run for the Senate include former congressman Bob Beauprez, former state Senate majority leader and state treasurer Mark Hillman, KHOW-AM talk show host Dan Kaplis and Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier.

“There will be a couple of months of shaking out to occur,” Wadhams said.

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