The Fix: Can Michael Bennet eke out a win in Colorado?

By Chris Cillizza
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 10, 2010; 11:00 AM

1. Appointed Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet faces voters for the first time Tuesday in a Democratic primary fight against state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff that has become a nip and tuck affair over the last week or so.

All of official Washington, including the White House, has lined up behind Bennet. But Romanoff is using his strength among Democratic activists (he won the state's assembly back in May and, with it, the top slot on today's ballot) and a last-minute loan courtesy of the sale of his house(!) to make a major move on the incumbent.

Romanoff also caught a break when, with just days left before Tuesday's primary, the New York Times ran a front-page story questioning a school financing decision made, in part, by Bennet, who was the superintendent of Denver public schools at the time.

While Bennet advisers acknowledge the race has tightened considerably in its final days, they believe that two factors are working in their favor.

The first is turnout, which they say will be quite high. (More than 300,000 ballots had already been cast by mail as of Monday.) Romanoff's strength is concentrated among the most loyal Democratic voters so, according to the Bennet calculations, the more people who vote, the better for them.

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