Early Numbers in Bennet v. Buck Senate Race

August 13 2010, 9:17 AM
If you thought Andrew Romanoff would hold a grudge against Michael Bennet for defeating him in this week's Democratic U.S. Senate primary, you were wrong. Less than 48 hours after losing the battle, Romanoff stood on the west steps of the state Capitol Building on Thursday and shook Bennet's hand in a show of Democratic Party unity (via Fox 31). Romanoff then encouraged his supporters to rally around Bennet: "Those goals, which we share, will better be advanced by Michael Bennet than by any other candidate in this race," Romanoff said. Bennet, in turn, poured praise on Romanoff, calling him an inspiration. State Republican Party chairman Dick Wadhams thinks the display highlights Democrats' problems heading into the November election against Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck. About 68,000 more Republicans than Democrats voted in the primary, he tells Politico, showcasing a "serious intensity gap no 'unity rally' can fix." The race between Bennet and Buck seems to be a tight one. Buck leads Bennet in the first post-primary poll 46 percent to 41 percent, but the margin of error is four percent, and seven percent of voters are undecided, notes The Huffington Post. Meanwhile, The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson calls out Colorado GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes as "unpredictable and wacky" in a column exploring the notion that fringe issues are fueling some Republican campaigns.