Though he hasn’t yet been confirmed as a U.S. senator, speculation surrounds whether Michael Bennet (pictured), the man selected to replace Ken Salazar, will be able to keep his seat after the 2010 election. He just might, as the Grand Junction Sentinel notes.
The retirements of four prominent Republican senators elsewhere in the country will force the GOP to focus on retaining seats rather than expanding them in states like Colorado. In other words, Republicans might be playing more defense than offense in 2010.
Yet The Fix, a Washington Post blog, still considers Colorado among the top 10 states likely to turn a Senate seat red. While voters know “almost nothing” about Bennet, the GOP lacks “an obvious top tier” challenger.
Meanwhile, Salazar gave his farewell speech to the Senate (via the Post), touting family roots that go back to the 1500s in New Mexico. Take that, Mayflower descendants!