With the Nation Watching, Michael Bennet Wins Over Colorado Dems

August 11 2010, 9:16 AM
The turnout in yesterday's primaries marks an all-time high for both Democrats and Republicans. "People are voting like crazy up here," Larimer County Clerk Scott Doyle told The Denver Post before the polls closed last night. Blame it on the outsiders, like former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. Despite Romanoff's sacrifices (namely, his Washington Park home), U.S. Senator Michael Bennet held onto the seat by nearly 10 percentage points---even with former President Bill Clinton's efforts to help Romanoff late in his campaign. The results of the Dem primary were followed closely by national media outlets interested in whether the state would be a barometer for Democrats' sentiments on Washington politics across the United States. "Even with primaries unfolding in four major states across the country, Bennet's win was clearly the story of the night," writes Politico. And The New York Times concurs, "It was the race in Colorado that was perhaps more telling for the national political landscape, as it saw Democrats backing the national party’s candidate and Republicans picking the insurgent." Now, The Denver Post notes, it will be hard for Bennet to back away from the Obama administration even if he wanted to change his strategy now that he's facing Republican prosecutor Ken Buck, a Tea Party favorite. Plus, there are lingering feelings among Romanoff supporters that Bennet became deceitful in campaign ads and that he dodged debates.