Colorado - U.S. Senate

as of October 29

The Candidates

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Michael Bennet

  • Democrat (Incumbent)
  • Birthdate: November 28, 1964
  • Residence: Denver, CO

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Ken Buck

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: February 16, 1959
  • Residence: Greeley, CO

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Previous Results

    Colorado U.S. Senate (2004)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Ken Salazar DEM 1,081,178 51.3%
    Pete Coors REP 980,668 46.5%
    Douglas Campbell AME 18,782 0.9%
    Richard Randall LIB 10,160 0.5%
    John Harris IND 8,442 0.4%
    Victor Good REF 6,481 0.3%
    Finn Gotaas UNA 1,750 0.1%

    U.S. President: Colorado (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 1,288,576 53.7%
    John McCain REP 1,073,589 44.7%
    Ralph Nader UNA 13,350 0.6%
    Bob Barr LIB 10,897 0.5%
    Chuck Baldwin CON 6,233 0.3%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 2,822 0.1%
    Alan Keyes AME 3,051 0.1%
    Bradford Lyttle Pac 110 0%
    James Harris SOC 154 0%
    Gloria La Riva SOC 158 0%
    Brian Moore SOC 226 0%
    Thomas Stevens Obj 336 0%
    Jonathan Allen Hea 348 0%
    Charles Jay Bos 598 0%
    Frank McEnulty UNA 828 0%
    Gene Amondson PRO 85 0%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 29, 2010

New NPR Rating

Lean-R (was Toss-up)

    Sep 9, 2010

    Bennet Struggles Against Buck In Bid For Full Term

    Michael Bennet (D), who was appointed to the seat in 2009, is running for a full term. Bennet was a surprise choice for the seat, which became vacant when Ken Salazar (D) left to join the Obama Cabinet as interior secretary. Andrew Romanoff, the former state House speaker who helped bring the Democrats to majority status, also wanted the appointment, and when he didn't get it, he decided to take Bennet on in the primary. Bennet survived, and now he has to face the surprise GOP nominee, Ken Buck, a local prosecutor who upset establishment choice Jane Norton, a former lieutenant governor, in the Republican primary. Bennet trails Buck by single digits in early polls. -Ken Rudin

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