Wednesday, August 09, 2006
In Colorado
Former state Sen. Ed Perlmutter, who was backed by the likes of Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), defeated former state Rep. Peggy Lamm for the Democratic nod to take on Republican Rick O'Donnell in November.

O'Donnell is the former head of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, defeated President Bush in this suburban Denver district by three percentage points, but retiring Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) easily won re-election that same year. This race is expected to be very competitive and will be closely watched on election night if the balance of power in the House is in question.

In Colorado's other competitive contest, state Sen. Doug Lamborn emerged from a crowded primary to win the GOP nomination for the right to challenge Democrat Jay Fawcett, a former Air Force officer, for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Joel Hefley (R). Bush defeated Kerry by 33 points in this Colorado Springs-based seat and Lamborn, another candidate backed by the Club for Growth, is favored to win in November. In the uncontested primaries for governor, Coloradoans officially picked Beauprez as the Republican nominee and Bill Ritter as the Democratic nominee. This race is also expected to be competitive.
Posted By Mark Preston, CNN Political Unit: 8/09/2006 11:35:00 AM ET | Permalink
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