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The Fix: In 2010, Colorado's where it's at

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By Chris Cillizza
Friday, July 30, 2010; 2:38 PM

Colorado is single-handedly keeping political junkies from falling into the typical August doldrums with a trio of fascinating intraparty fights.

The most compelling -- in the sense that a slow-motion political car crash can be described as compelling -- is the Colorado Republican primary for governor.

Former Rep. Scott McInnis' campaign has been hamstrung by plagiarism allegations but, despite a number of his staffers jumping ship, he is refusing to leave the race. Which might be just as well given that the other GOP candidate -- Dan Maes -- has had to contend with campaign finance violations. Add former Rep. Tom Tancredo, who is running as a third party candidate this fall, and you have what amounts to a political soap opera.

The two Senate primaries in Colorado are slightly less dramatic but are interesting nonetheless.

On the Republican side, Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck's comments about Lt. Gov. Jane Norton and the Tea Party movement have drawn unfavorable publicity and raised the possibility that he might fall short in 10 days time.

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For Democrats, appointed Sen. Michael Bennet has held a steady lead for months over former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff but polling suggests the challenger could -- if he can catch the outsider wave -- pull an upset.

Colorado places all three races on our Friday Line of the 10 best primaries in the country.

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Coming off the Line: Alaska Senate (Republican primary), Minnesota Governor (Democratic primary), New Hampshire Senate (R)

Coming onto the Line: Tennessee Governor (R), Colorado Governor (R), Georgia Governor (R)

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