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"Cory Gardner may challenge Sen. Mark Udall in 2014, giving Republicans a promising recruit in Colorado, a state that has trended Democratic.
Gardner argues that a Republican such as himself who forges a coalition of conservative-leaning voters from the Eastern Plains and Western Slope can win, so long as he holds down Democratic margins in liberal-leaning Boulder, Denver, and Pueblo as well as heavily Hispanic El Paso County. Gardner, who lives in Yuma, a town 2.4 square miles big and 3,200 people strong, represents virtually the entire Eastern Plains, stretching from Greeley in the north, west to the Kansas border, and south to Oklahoma and New Mexico.
Gardner says the Democratic incumbent has little to show for his first term. “What does he run on?” he asked. “You’ve got a senator who’s really done nothing.”
Udall spokesman Mike Saccone countered: “Senator Udall has accomplished much on behalf of Coloradans. He intends to run for a second term to continue to fight for Colorado. He is strongly positioned to win reelection, no matter who his opponent is.”
The eventual Republican nominee will face an uphill challenge. Democrats have succeeded in recent elections by running up big margins in urban areas and taking advantage of the GOP’s weak standing with Latino voters. President Obama won Colorado by almost 5 points—113,000 votes—on the strength of minority support.