Ernest Luning

Bush rallies for Colorado Republicans

And potential future presidential candidate stops in Douglas County for last minute push
The Colorado Statesman

Less than a week before ballots are due, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told several hundred avid Republicans that Colorado voters have the chance to turn the tide of history by sending U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner to the Senate and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez to the governor’s mansion.

“This is a historic election that’s going to make a huge difference in the future of this country,” said Bush at a rally for the GOP on Wednesday evening at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock.

Former Prez Clinton pitches Dems in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

A week before ballots are counted, former President Bill Clinton addressed crowds at Hinkley High School in Aurora on Monday night and the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood on Tuesday, sharing the stage with U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Gov. John Hickenlooper, two incumbent Democrats locked in neck-and-neck races.

Congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff made a pitch to help him unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman at the Aurora rally and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who is facing a challenge from Republican Don Ytterberg, asked Democrats to send him back for another term at the Lakewood rally.

Candidates move into full campaign mode

The Colorado Statesman

Jodi Garnier was ready to go out walking.

Ten days before the election, the Littleton Republican had just met U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in what could be tightest U.S. Senate race in the country, and she was fired up to head out into nearby neighborhoods on a balmy Saturday afternoon to persuade voters to turn in their mail ballots.

Clinton stresses importance of election for women

The Colorado Statesman

Hillary Clinton told a packed ballroom full of excited Democratic volunteers in Aurora on Tuesday that embattled U.S. Sen. Mark Udall was “fighting on the frontiers of freedom” by making women’s rights the centerpiece of his campaign against Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner.

First Lady tells Dems to turn out, not tune out

The Colorado Statesman

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an impassioned defense of the Democratic record while urging a crowd of volunteers to help revive some of the magic that swept her husband, President Barack Obama, into office six years ago, at a campaign rally in Denver on Thursday for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, who is facing a neck-and-neck battle with Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner in a bid for a second term.

The ground game begins

Colorado Dems are experienced troopers in pre-election footwork; Republicans claim they’re now ready to send in their top offensive front
The Colorado Statesman

With three top-ticket races that each appear to be tight as a tick — the U.S. Senate contest between Democratic incumbent Mark Udall and his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner; Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper and his challenger, former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez; and three-term U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s run against former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff — Republicans, Democrats and single-issue groups are pulling out all the stops in an effort to chase every ballot.

Denver Dems honor their own at Dinner

...And start on early get out the vote efforts
The Colorado Statesman

Denver Democrats honored party stalwarts and vowed to redouble efforts to turn out the vote — just days before mail ballots were set to go out — at the party’s sixth annual Edward M. Kennedy Dinner on Saturday night at the downtown Marriott.

With major races for the U.S. Senate, governorship and control of the state Senate up for grabs, officials again and again reminded party workers that they hold the direction of the state in their hands if they’re able to run up the totals and persuade voters to keep checking boxes down the ticket.

Udall, Gardner slug it out in feisty debate

The Colorado Statesman

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, his Republican challenger, sparred over healthcare, birth control, the economy and national security in a feisty, hour-long debate on Tuesday night in Denver, one of three debates between the Senate candidates this week, just days before mail ballots go out to Colorado voters.

Gubernatorial candidates debate goes to pot

Hickenlooper, Beauprez asked about Colorado’s model for legalized marijuana
The Colorado Statesman

Gubernatorial candidates John Hickenlooper, the Democratic incumbent, and former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, his Republican challenger, clashed over public safety questions and the state of Colorado’s economy at a debate in Denver on Monday, but it was an off-the-cuff quip by Hickenlooper about state voters’ decision to legalize marijuana that drew the most attention.

Hickenlooper, Beauprez duke it out in debate

Clash over style and substance
The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez shook hands on stage Tuesday night when the Democrat proposed that their two campaigns swear off negative ads, but both candidates swung hard at each other during the rest of an hour-long debate in Denver.