ICYMI: Colorado's 2nd Congressional District Now Competitive

Thursday, March 01, 2012

According to The Colorado Observer, Colorado's 2nd Congressional District is competitive for the first time since 1998.

Republicans could end up with a scenario that hasn’t happened in years, a contested primary for the 2nd Congressional district. Previously seen as a safe seat for incumbent Congressman Jared Polis (D-Boulder), with the last close race not occurring since 1998, the contours of the district were altered significantly in redistricting, making it suddenly competitive. That has attracted a steady stream of challengers into the race, with the current count of GOP candidates at three.

In 2010, Congressman Polis comfortably rode to re-election, winning by almost 20 points. When a Denver district judge adopted the Democrats’ proposed redistricting map, which was later upheld by the Colorado Supreme Court, the district shifted to become what is now a 34% Democratic, 32% Republican and 33% Unaffiliated registration balance. Since redistricting was finalized in December, the district has seen a 2-point gain in Republican registration, providing further encouragement for the GOP challengers.

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