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Democrats strike while trio of preferred candidates lose in Colorado GOP races

Democrats’ unorthodox strategy of pushing conservative and far-right Republican primary candidates in Colorado to face potentially weaker opponents in November failed on Tuesday.

Three GOP candidates, backed by funding from Democratic campaign groups, lost all their races in the Rocky Mountain state, which serves as a testing ground for Democrats to favor candidates they believe will repel and forecast moderate or independent voters would curb losses for the party in the midterm elections.

Rep. Ron Hanks lost the GOP Senate primary to moderate Colorado businessman Joe O’Dea. Former Rep. Lori Saine lost to Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer in the state’s new 8th congressional district. And Greg Lopez was defeated by businesswoman Heidi Ganahl in the GOP governor primary.

Joe O'Dea, Republican nominee for the US Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, speaks during a night watchman party for the primary.
Joe O’Dea, Republican nominee for the US Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet, speaks during a night watchman party for the primary.
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The Democratic Colorado Super PAC has spent at least $2.5 million in the GOP Senate primary, airing ads designed to promote Hank’s candidacy by calling him “too conservative for Colorado” and his positions on abortion and on Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer won the GOP primary for Colorado's new 8th congressional district.
Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer won the GOP primary for Colorado’s new 8th congressional district.
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Former Colorado State Assemblyman Lori Saine lost her primary for Colorado's 8th congressional district to Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer.
Former Colorado State Assemblyman Lori Saine lost her primary for Colorado’s 8th congressional district to Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer.
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As for Lopez, the Democratic Governors Association has released its own paid content about the far-right candidate, calling him “too conservative,” according to the Denver Post. The group told the Denver Post in a statement that Lopez is being “too extreme and out of touch” but would not answer questions about why they were trying to help Lopez on short notice.

Finally, in the race for the 8th house, Saine received financial support from the PAC of House Speaker Nancy Pelosis. Kirkmeyer received 40% of the votes while Saine received only 19.6% with 97% of the votes counted.

Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl addresses the media after winning the Republican nomination.
Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl addresses the media after winning the Republican nomination.
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The Democratic Governor's Association ran ads calling Greg Lopez "too conservative" for Colorado.
The Democratic Governor’s Association ran ads calling Greg Lopez “too conservative” for Colorado.
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Saine was backed by $46,000 in television advertising from the Pelosi-led House Majority PAC. The ads highlighted Saine’s support for former President Donald Trump’s 2020 vote-fraud allegations, as well as her stance against abortion and gun rights.

With postal wires

https://nypost.com/2022/06/29/democrats-strike-out-as-trio-of-preferred-candidates-in-colorado-gop-races-lose/ Democrats strike while trio of preferred candidates lose in Colorado GOP races

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