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A glimpse through campaign materials from Republican U.S. Senate candidates Joe O’Dea and Ron Hanks gives the impression the rivals are running separate races.

O’Dea, a Denver native who owns a construction company, singles out U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, the Democratic incumbent; Hanks, a state representative from Cañon City, highlights O’Dea’s openness to Roe v. Wade.

It shows two different tacks by the candidates as they fight for the GOP nomination in the June 28 primary election. The winner will face Bennet, who is seeking his third term, this November. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report ranks it as a likely Democratic hold, given Colorado’s recent blue trends. However, it could prove pivotal to a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate if voters continue to sour on the economy and other issues they tie to Democratic leadership in Washington, D.C.

Hanks has positioned himself as the no-compromise champion of the right — he proudly declares his attendance at the Jan. 6 rally led by former President Donald Trump, though he didn’t breach the Capitol when the event turned into an insurrection; in his first ad, he blew up an office copier mocked up as Dominion voting machine while promoting the unfounded theory that the election was stolen from Trump; and he wears as a badge of honor the 24-hour filibuster by Republicans in the state House of Representatives against a now-law to protect abortion in Colorado.

O’Dea frames himself as a consensus builder — he explicitly keeps away from what he calls “social issues,” such as abortion rights, and instead leans on his business experience while hammering Bennet and President Joe Biden on inflation, gas prices and crime. He’s also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own money on the race.

This month, Colorado Republican and unaffiliated voters will get to choose which man to pit against Bennet in the general election. And in doing so, declaring distinctly different shades of Republican as the party’s standard bearer this November.

Two different paths to the Republican primary ballot

Hanks cleared much the crowded primary field for the GOP nomination at the spring Republican State Assembly. He won support from about 40% of assembly goers, and none of the other candidates there cleared the threshold to land on the ballot.

The assembly delegates tend to be among the most dedicated and rock-ribbed Republicans in the state. Hanks repeatedly touts his assembly victory as proof of his bona fides and …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – News

      

Who will run against U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet? Colorado voters to choose between Republicans Joe O’Dea and Ron Hanks.

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