2008 Political Campaigns

SD 26 race in Arapahoe County ends on grace note

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The tight-as-a-tick Senate District 26 race between Democrat Linda Newell and Republican Lauri Clapp ended on a grace note, with Clapp conceding and conveying her “sincere congratulations” to Newell on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Dem Udall snaps up Senate seat

'Blue Tuesday' engulfs Schaffer

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

“Blue Tuesday” engulfed Colorado in a storm of change — propelling Democrat Mark Udall into the U.S. Senate and blowing Republican Bob Schaffer out of the water. The cold reality hit Republicans early in the evening, as election returns from key conservative counties favored Udall.

GOP finds some cheer

Legislative results help boost battered morale

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

For national candidates John McCain, Bob Schaffer and Marilyn Musgrave, the Election Day sun set on a blue Colorado. In the state Legislature, however, GOP candidates held their own. In the Colorado House of Representatives, Republicans picked up three seats and lost one. That alone was a big boost to the GOP’s battered morale, but the fact that one of the captured seats belonged to the man expected to be the next speaker of the House was almost enough to make the rest of their troubles fade.

U.S. Senate race reaches its very rough and tumble final lap

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The race to fill the seat retired by U.S. Senator Wayne Allard has been a rough and tumble ride for Democrat Congressman Mark Udall and former Republican Congressman Bob Schaffer. The two men have agreed and disagreed on political issues — mostly conforming to their partisan philosophies — and displayed vast differences in personal style.

Opponents in HD 36 join in denouncing attack ad

By Jon Lloyd
SPECIAL TO THE COLORADO STATESMAN

At a recent candidate forum for House District 36, Democratic candidate Su Ryden assured the Aurora crowd that she’s determined to run a clean campaign.

“While voters want and need relevant comparisons of our stances on the issues and our credentials for the office, unfair or irrelevant comments about the opponent are unnecessary and unwarranted,” Ryden said.

Palin breaks campaign shackles

Alaska Guv tells it like she sees it

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — In the wake of Sarah Palin’s interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity and Katie Couric, critics moaned that John McCain’s running mate was laden with folksy charm but light on such sophisticated issues as foreign policy and the economy. Why else, they mused, would the McCain-Palin campaign shield the vice-presidential candidate from reporters?

Biden works the working class for Obama

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Although Commerce City is almost 1,700 miles from Scranton, Pa., Barack Obama’s campaign thinks there are enough similarities between the two that Sen. Joe Biden’s message will be effective both places.

Biden, of course, hails from Scranton and represents nearby Delaware in the U.S. Senate. Obama chose Biden as his running mate at least partly for his ability to relate to white, blue-collar voters in swing states.

CD 1 debate lacks anger, but not commitment

By Chris Bragg
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

For all but six years since 1933, Democrats have controlled Denver’s 1st Congressional District. Republicans haven’t held the seat at all since 1973. And that long drought seems to have produced an unusual strain of Republicanism.

Springs GOP seeks tax hike! Tomorrow: Armageddon!

Penny tax shunned by more Democrats than Republicans

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — In El Paso County GOP politics, there’s a golden rule: Never support a tax increase. To do otherwise is tempting the fate of God — and repentance rarely helps a Republican in the aftermath.

A kinder, gentler debate

Schaffer's manners improve in Pueblo

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

PUEBLO — Republican Bob Schaffer transformed from a hawk into a dove for this U.S. Senate debate against Democratic Congressman Mark Udall, and — although he has lampooned Udall for supporting a bill to form a department of peace years ago — Schaffer sounded a bit like a flower child himself.

The former congressman said he had been mischaracterized as being combative in a dozen previous debates with Udall in Colorado and on Meet the Press in Washington, D.C.