by Charles Lemos, Tue Aug 03, 2010 at 12:03:38 AM EDT
The Democratic primary in Colorado pits Senator Michael Bennet, who was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to fill the vacancy left by Ken Salazar's departure to become Interior Secretary in the Obama Administration, versus Andrew Romanoff, a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008, serving as Speaker from 2005 to 2008. For Bennet, this is his first run for elective office.
The contest is intriguing on various levels. To begin with, the Obama Administration has backed the incumbent while former President Bill Clinton has endorsed Andrew Romanoff, who is considered the more progressive of the two. The race is also the most competitive of any in the current cycle. Though Senator Bennet held a 17 point lead back in early June, Romanoff has managed to turn the race into a dead heat. While most polls show Bennet with a slight lead, a new poll in the Denver Post conducted by SurveyUSA gives Romanoff a narrow three point edge. The primary is August 10th.
The race has also turned increasingly negative. Romanoff's rise in the polls has come after a sustained month-long ad campaign that's attacked Bennet for taking corporate PAC money. Here are some of the ads being run in the campaign.
Senator Michael Bennet
This second ad is a response to the Romanoff ads shown below.
The above spot is entitled A Senator for the Rest of Us while the one below is entitle I Stand With You. Both are 30 second spots.
This third spot is the one that caused the latest ruckus.