Romanoff beats Bennet in county assemblies in Colorado
DENVER – Andrew Romanoff beat Sen. Michael Bennet in more than seven Democratic county assemblies held throughout the state Saturday.
On “Super Saturday,” the state’s busiest day for county assemblies, Romanoff was the winner in assemblies held in Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, Pueblo, El Paso and other urban counties.
Romanoff, a former speaker of the state House of Representatives, is challenging Bennet for the Democratic nomination and beat Bennet in last month’s caucuses.
“The undecideds signed up with us,” Romanoff told the Denver Post. “We’re thrilled, especially when we got outspent about 10-to-1.”
The assemblies are a step in the nominations process for both Democrats and Republicans.
Republicans have different procedures for their assemblies and there weren’t any votes for candidates in statewide contested races.
The next step after the county assemblies are statewide conventions of both parties held in May. There, Democrats and Republicans will choose who goes on primary ballots in August.
Democratic candidates with more than 30 percent support at the state convention will be placed on the primary ballot.
Bennet campaign spokesman Trevor Kincaid commented on Saturday’s results, saying the senator is building on “broad support” and “we are thrilled with the enthusiasm we’re seeing.”
“In just a few short months, Michael has built a grass roots operation from scratch,” Kincaid said.
Bennet was appointed to the Senate last year after Ken Salazar resigned to become interior secretary.
Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com