Colorado 4th District Election 2010: Cory Gardner looks set to unseat Rep. Betsy Markey

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Washington Post Staff
Tuesday, October 12, 2010; 12:37 PM

Colorado's 4th district has attracted national attention as GOP strategists look to the district to reverse major gains made by Democrats in the 2008 election cycle.

As WhoRunsGov reports:

Democrats won big across Colorado in the 2008 election (Barack Obama put the state in the Democratic electoral column for only the second time since 1968), and the 4th House district was no exception.

After first opposing the November 2009 health-care bill, Markey switched her vote and said yes. She just might lose her seat to Colorado state Rep. Cory Gardner (R) over it.

Social issues have faded into the background, Gardner has focused on pocketbook issues while decrying Markey's votes for the Democrats' marquee legislation such as the President Obama's 2009 stimulus, health-care reform and cap-and-trade. With strong backing from national Republicans, Gardner is poised to retake the GOP-leaning district in November.

As The Post's Dave Eggen and T.W. Farnam reported:

The races of some Democrats have effectively been declared over. In Colorado, political parties and outside groups have spent no money in the race between Rep. Betsy Markey (D) and Republican Cory Gardner, who held a commanding lead in recent polls. Senate races in Arkansas, Indiana and Ohio have attracted little outside money because the Republican candidate is well ahead.

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