Sen. Udall to face touch challenge in re-election bid

February 7, 2014

Feb. 7, 2014                                                  Ken Bickers

            This election year could be a game changer on Capitol Hill as Republican challengers take aim at 36 Senate seats held by Democrats that are up for re-election. Republicans only need to win six seats to take control of the Senate.

           One senator up for re-election is Colorado’s Mark Udall and according to Ken Bickers, a professor of political science at CU-Boulder, this should be one of the more fascinating races.

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Feb. 7, 2014                                                  Ken Bickers

            This election year could be a game changer on Capitol Hill as Republican challengers take aim at 36 Senate seats held by Democrats that are up for re-election. Republicans only need to win six seats to take control of the Senate.

One senator up for re-election is Colorado’s Mark Udall and according to Ken Bickers, a professor of political science at CU-Boulder, this should be one of the more fascinating races.

CUT 1 “I think here in Colorado is one of the most interesting states to watch and particularly on the Republican side. Do the Republican nominate in the Senate contest someone who represents a genuine, credible threat to Mark Udall? (:16) If they do, then given with the way things are nationally, Udall could be in a contest that no one a year ago would ever had anticipated.” (:25)

That’s because since last year President Obama’s approval rating has dropped from 53 percent to 43 percent due to the controversy surrounding domestic spying, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS and questions about Benghazi.

Bickers says the presidential approval rating tends to damage the party of that president.

CUT 2 “Presidential approval ratings have an impact on that party - the candidates of that party - when they are running in House and Senate elections because House and Senate elections are the only way for Americans to, in a sense, participate in a referendum on that presidency. (:16) That’s part of the worry that the Democrats have. They’re going to have to find ways to campaign around the president.” (:24)

Indications that it could be a close battle for re-election are already on the horizon. Poll results by “Real Clear Politics” show that the five challengers for the senator’s seat trail Udall by anywhere from 3 to 7 percentage points.

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