Greely, CO - Ken Buck, Weld County District Attorney and a former Senate race challenger, is at it again this time against incumbent Senator Mark Udall. Buck, a tea party republican, lost his2010 bid to unseat Senator Michael Bennett by less than two percentage points, mostly among suburban women.
That campaign was marred by several verbal gaffes by Buck who is known for shooting from the hip and asking questions later. Two of the more serious miscues included Buck comparing homosexuality to alcoholism and one urging voters to choose him over republican primary opponent Jane Norton because he didn’t wear “high heels”.
The road to the senate hasn’t gotten easier for Buck in a state where the civil unions, stronger gun controls and legalized marijuana found favor in the state legislature, with the governor and the electorate.
Two other republicans – State Senators Owen Hill from Colorado Springs and Randy Bumgardner from Hot Sulphur Springs – preceded Bucks’ declaration in announcing their own bids for Udall’s senate seat. Another potential republican candidate for the senate seat, State Representative Amy Stephens of Monument currently is mulling over jumping into the race as well.
As far as Udall is concerned, recent poll numbers from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute indicate he has a favorable rating of 45% with 31% disapproving. However, in 2008 Udall easily defeated former congressman Bob Shaffer by 12% points.
And republicans haven’t won a race for governor or senate since 2002 when voters reelected Governor Bill Owens and sent Senator Wayne Allard back to Washington. More recently Colorado voters comfortably chose President Barrack Obama over GOP challenger Mitt Romney.