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.
May 22, 2010; 9:37 PM ET
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