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Romanoff, Buck win Colorado assembly races

Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff defeated appointed Sen. Michael Bennet at the Colorado Democratic assembly this afternoon.

Romanoff took 60 percent to 40 percent for Bennet although the incumbent qualified for the ballot by taking more than 30 percent of convention delegates.

On the Republican side Weld County Prosecutor Ken Buck cruised to a win -- a victory ensured by former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton's decision to bypass the convention and petition her way onto the August primary ballot.

In the runup to Todays vote, Bennet allies fought to downplay its importance -- noting that the winner of the convention rarely goes on to win the party nomination in the primary.

Romanoff, on the other hand, painted the assembly win as a sign of his grassroots strength and further evidence that voters were rejecting the insider profile of Bennet.

Bennet was appointed to the job by Gov. Bill Ritter after Ken Salazar was named Secretary of Interior.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 22, 2010; 9:37 PM ET
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Posted by: itkonlyyou77 | May 23, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 23, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Sean is correct. The makeup and degree of commitment of delegates to the nominating conventions (both Ds and Rs) are not that much different from that of Utah, hence convention results similar to Utah whose Bennett also lost.

Difference is our Bennet doesn't need the convention, so unlike Utah’s sitting Senator, will be on the primary ballot.

Romanoff, in a necessary effort to differentiate himself from the centrist Bennet, has been moving far to the left of his former moderate positions, and away from the bipartisan cooperation he was known for when he was Speaker of the House. While this has made him even more popular with D party activists, it won’t help him at all with the more moderate primary voters. He certainly would not have done this had Gov Ritter appointed him instead of Bennet to fill the rest of Salazar’s term (many people think the reason he’s running is simple spite—he felt it was his turn and was insulted when Ritter chose someone else).

I always liked Romanoff before…not so much now. I predict an easy Bennet primary win and likely win in the General (mainly because of the R’s uninspiring choices).

Posted by: malis | May 23, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Of course there is a reason to vote for Romanoff.

Romanoff has a great track record in the CO state house, and more importantly, he is NOT taking corporate donations.

Bennet is up to his butt in lobby donations, and has been late in responding to his constituents desires (public option, etc).

Posted by: THX1139 | May 23, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Sean, are you in CO?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 23, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

The polls suggest otherwise.

Posted by: SeanC1 | May 23, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Any Demoncat in Colorado will get smoked in November... So... it don't matter none...

Joe Kelly
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Posted by: jmarnich | May 22, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Won't mean anything. Salazar lost the convention in 2004 and he did fine.

Romanoff has more institutional support among the delegates, hence, his victory. But he's offered no particular ideological reason for his candidacy, so, unlike, say, Joe Sestak or Bill Halter, there's no particularly compelling reason to vote for him.

Posted by: SeanC1 | May 22, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

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