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CDFE's Arnold: Gardner Will Beat Udall in Colorado

By    |   Monday, 13 October 2014 07:23 PM

While one western Democrat named Udall — Tom in New Mexico — will probably keep his Senate seat in November, another — Mark in Colorado — will probably lose his, an official with the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise (CDFE) told Newsmax TV on Monday.

Ron Arnold, CDFE executive vice president and columnist for the Washington Examiner, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that Sen. Mark Udall is likely to be unseated by rookie Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, even if voters in pro-pot Colorado don't agree with the conservative challenger on every issue.

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"He's a first termer, but he's so talented," said Arnold. "And he's young, and he's a very personable kind of guy — even a little funny. That goes over very well in Colorado, as it's pretty liberal. He comes across as a Republican who's not that objectionable."

Coloradans "know that he's got issues that they don't agree with," said Arnold, alluding to the pro-life Gardner's past support of a personhood amendment for the unborn. "But his personality seems to be shining a lot better than Mark Udall."

Arnold said that Gardner's surge is also remarkable given the incumbent's pedigree.

"Now remember, Udall comes from a political family that goes back two or three generations," said Arnold. "He's a cousin of Tom Udall in New Mexico, and related to all kinds of politicos. But he's actually fading.... It's been neck and neck, and nobody's really willing to call it for Cory Gardner yet, but I'm putting money on it."

Arnold said that with control of the Senate hanging in the balance, most of the races have become referendums on the increasingly unpopular President Barack Obama — whom Mark Udall, for example, has avoided.

Arnold said that one exception is North Carolina, a closely fought battle that is less about Obama and more about in-state issues, despite an estimated $37 million in campaign spending by outside groups.

"This is going to be a key state," Arnold said of North Carolina, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan is in a statistical tie with Thom Tillis, the state legislature's Republican House speaker.

Calling the race "a brawl," Arnold said that Tillis' attacks on Hagan for supporting the Affordable Care Act are about as Obama-centered as their race has gotten. But the contest remains deadlocked despite the relative absence of Obama as an issue, and Arnold predicted it will stay that way until Election Day.

"We're going to be hearing a lot more about this [contest] than people have expected," he said.

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While one western Democrat named Udall — Tom in New Mexico — will probably keep his Senate seat in November, another — Mark in Colorado — will probably lose his, an official with the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise (CDFE) told Newsmax TV on Monday.
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