United States Senate election in Colorado, 2010

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United States Senate election in Colorado, 2010
Colorado
2004 ←
November 2, 2010 → 2016

  Michael Bennet Official Photo.jpg KenBuck.jpg
Nominee Michael Bennet Ken Buck
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 851,590 822,731
Percentage 48.1% 46.4%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Michael Bennet
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Michael Bennet
Democratic

The 2010 United States Senate election in Colorado took place on November 2, 2010, alongside other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. In December 2008, President-Elect Barack Obama selected incumbent U.S. Senator Ken Salazar to become Secretary of the Interior.[1] After Salazar resigned from his seat,[2] Democratic Governor Bill Ritter appointed Denver Public Schools Superintendent Michael Bennet to fill the seat, who won re-election to his first full term.[3][4]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Bennet
Romanoff

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates Administered Michael Bennet Andrew Romanoff Undecided
The Tarrance Group September 16–17, 2009 41% 27% 32%
Public Policy Polling May 19, 2010 46% 31% 23%
Survey USA June 15–17, 2010 53% 36% 11%
Survey USA August 1, 2010 45% 48% 7%
Public Policy Polling August 7–8, 2010 49% 43% 9%

Results[edit]

Democratic Primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Bennet (Incumbent) 183,225 54.2%
Democratic Andrew Romanoff 154,961 45.8%
Totals 338,186 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

On Ballot
Declined

Three other candidates were defeated at the Republican state convention and were not on the primary ballot:

  • Cleve Tidwell, Denver businessman
  • Robert Greenheck
  • Steve Barton.

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll Source Dates Administered Ken Buck Jane Norton
The Tarrance Group September 16–17, 2009 15% 45%
Public Policy Polling March 3, 2010 17% 34%
Magellan March 14, 2010 13% 41%
Magellan April 19, 2010 32% 29%
Public Policy Polling May 19, 2010 26% 31%
Magellan June 8, 2010 42% 32%
Survey USA June 15–17, 2010 53% 37%
Public Opinion Strategies June 20–21, 2010 33% 39%
Survey USA August 1, 2010 50% 41%
Public Policy Polling August 7–8, 2010 43% 45%

Results[edit]

Republican Primary results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ken Buck 209,638 51.6%
Republican Jane Norton 196,954 48.4%
Totals 406,592 100%

Libertarian primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • John Finger
  • Mac Stringer

Results[edit]

Libertarian Primary results[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Mac Stringer 1,176 52.5%
Libertarian John Finger 1,065 47.5%
Totals 2,241 100%

General election[edit]

Candidates[21][edit]

Major[edit]

Minor[edit]

Source: Official Candidate List

Campaign[edit]

This was one of the most expensive elections in the nation, as more than $30 million was spent by outside organizations.[22] Conservative third party groups hammered Bennet for voting 92% of the time with the Democratic leadership, including voting for healthcare reform and the stimulus package.[23] Liberal third party groups called Buck extremist. Bennet focused on attacking Buck’s views on abortion, which he believed should be banned including those of cases of rape and incest. He was also attacked for wanting to eliminate the 17th Amendment[24] and refusing to prosecute an alleged rapist as Weld County district attorney. Planned Parenthood mounted a mail campaign, targeting women voters with the warning that "Colorado women can’t trust Ken Buck." Bennet won the women vote by 17 points according to exit polls. After the election, Buck conceded to the Denver Post that the main reason why he lost is because of social issues.[25]

Debates[edit]

Predictions[edit]

Source Ranking As of
Cook Political Report Toss up[27] October 30, 2010
Rothenberg Toss up[28] October 28, 2010
Swing State Project Toss up[citation needed]
RealClearPolitics Toss up[29] October 30, 2010
Rasmussen Reports Toss up[30] October 27, 2010
Sabato's Crystal Ball Leans R[31] October 28, 2010
CQ Politics Toss up[32] October 30, 2010

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s) administered Michael Bennet (D) Ken Buck (R)
Public Policy Polling April 17–19, 2009 40% 39%
Public Policy Polling August 14–16, 2009 39% 35%
Rasmussen Reports September 9, 2009 43% 37%
Rasmussen Reports December 8, 2009 38% 42%
Daily Kos/Research 2000 January 11–13, 2010 41% 38%
Rasmussen Reports January 13, 2010 38% 43%
Rasmussen Reports February 2, 2010 41% 45%
Rasmussen Reports March 2, 2010 38% 44%
Public Policy Polling March 5–8, 2010 47% 40%
Rasmussen Reports April 5, 2010 40% 44%
Rasmussen Reports May 3, 2010 41% 48%
Public Policy Polling May 19, 2010 45% 39%
Rasmussen Reports June 7, 2010 41% 46%
Survey USA June 15–17, 2010 43% 46%
Rasmussen Reports July 8, 2010 39% 48%
Rasmussen Reports July 26, 2010 42% 48%
Survey USA August 1, 2010 43% 43%
Public Policy Polling August 10, 2010 46% 43%
Rasmussen Reports August 11, 2010 41% 46%
Ipsos/Reuters August 20–22, 2010 40% 49%
Rasmussen Reports August 30, 2010 44% 47%
Rasmussen Reports September 14, 2010 45% 49%
CNN/Time September 17–21, 2010 44% 49%
Rasmussen Reports September 27, 2010 43% 51%
Rasmussen Reports September 27, 2010 43% 51%
McClatchy/Marist September 26–28, 2010 42% 50%
Survey USA September 28–30, 2010 43% 48%
Public Policy Polling September 30-October 2, 2010 46% 45%
Rasmussen Reports October 14, 2010 45% 47%
Fox News/Pulse Opinion Research October 16, 2010 45% 46%
Ipsos/Reuters October 18, 2010 45% 48%
SurveyUSA October 19–21, 2010 47% 47%
Public Policy Polling October 21–23, 2010 47% 47%
Rasmussen Reports October 25, 2010 44% 48%
CNN/Time/Opinion Research October 20–26, 2010 46% 47%
Marist College October 26–28, 2010 45% 49%
Fox News/Pulse Opinion Research October 30, 2010 46% 50%
Public Policy Polling October 30–31, 2010 48% 49%

Fundraising[edit]

These totals reflect the campaign accounts of the candidates themselves, and do not include independent expenditures by other groups.

Candidate (Party) Receipts Disbursements Cash On Hand Debt
Michael Bennet (D) $11,463,661 $10,698,578 $763,541 $887,692
Ken Buck (R) $3,827,432 $3,011,656 $1,039,994 $100,000
Source: Federal Election Commission[33]

Results[edit]

United States Senate election in Colorado, 2010[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Bennet (Incumbent) 851,590 48.1%
Republican Ken Buck 822,731 46.4%
Green Bob Kinsey 38,768 2.2%
Libertarian Maclyn Stringer 22,589 1.3%
Independent Jason Napolitano 19,415 1.1%
Independent Charley Miller 11,330 0.6%
Independent J. Moromisato 5,767 0.3%
Invalid or blank votes  %
Totals 1,772,190 %
Voter turnout  %

References[edit]

  1. ^ Osher, Christopher N.; Bunch, Joey (December 15, 2008). "Salazar poised to head Interior". Denver Post. Retrieved December 15, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Ken Salazar Resigns From Senate". Associated Press. 2009-01-19. Archived from the original on 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  3. ^ Crummy, Karen (January 2, 2009). "Michael Bennet chosen as next Senator". Denver Post. Retrieved January 2, 2009. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Kirk. The New York Times http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/michael_bennet/index.html |url= missing title (help). 
  5. ^ "Colorado’s Bennet Needs to Get Better Known for 2010". CQ Politics. 2009-01-27. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Who Will Face Bennet?". Roll Call. 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  7. ^ Riley, Michael (August 29, 2009). "''Denver Post'' article on Andrew Romanoff". Denverpost.com. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  8. ^ a b "Colorado Primary Results". Politico. August 10, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Buck starts here". 2009-04-27. 
  10. ^ Bartels, Lynn (2009-08-17). "Former Lt. Gov. Norton mulling U.S. Senate bid". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  11. ^ "Beauprez not running for Senate - The Scorecard". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  12. ^ "Troy Eid to resign, run for Colorado attorney general". Coloradoindependent.com. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  13. ^ Fender, Jessica (2009-10-14). "Aurora's Ryan Frazier has work cut out for him in shift to challenge U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  14. ^ "Denver Daily - Wiens, U.S. Senate candidate, drops out". Thedenverdailynews.com. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  15. ^ Eli Stokols KDVR Denver 4:14 PM MDT, April 14, 2010 (2010-04-14). "Tea Party Endorsement: Tea Party idol DeMint endorses Buck in Colorado Senate race". KDVR. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  16. ^ "DeMint on Buck endorsement: ‘We’ve got to have an earthquake election’". Coloradoindependent.com. 2010-04-23. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  17. ^ "CO US Senate - R Primary Race - August 10, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  18. ^ "Conservatives Rally Behind Norton". Janenortonforcolorado.com. 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2010-08-21. [dead link]
  19. ^ "CO US Senate - R Primary Race - August 10, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  20. ^ Libertarian Primary results
  21. ^ Colorado Secretary of State
  22. ^ [CO] Colorado Election 2010 Results [SENATE UPDATE] | CNM News Network
  23. ^ Buck for Congress (campaign website)
  24. ^ Money Has Poured Into Colorado's Senate Race : NPR
  25. ^ Abortion was winning issue for Democrats in 2010 - Alexander Burns - POLITICO.com
  26. ^ ABC blogsite re 9/12/2010 debate between Buck and Bennet
  27. ^ "Senate". Cook Political Report. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Senate Ratings". Rothenberg Political Report. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Battle for the Senate". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Election 2010: Senate Balance Of Power". Rasmussen Reports. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  31. ^ "2010 Senate Ratings". Sabato's Crystal Ball. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Race Ratings Chart: Senate". CQ Politics. Retrieved October 30, 2010. 
  33. ^ "2010 House and Senate Campaign Finance for Colorado". fec.gov. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  34. ^ State Cumulative Report

External links[edit]

Debate
Official campaign websites