Swing State Confidential: Colorado–The Day Before


Denver, Colorado…With the Senate race here considered closest in the nation, local officials are bracing for the possibility of needing to do a recount post-election. ┬áThe Senate race also continued to be the focus of most of the ads during the half hour of news I watched on channel 4 (CBS) this morning. Of the 11 ads I saw, five focused on the Senate campaign, and of those, three were paid for by outside groups–American Crossroads and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

8:26 a.m.: from Democrat Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s campaign: Frazier had a poor attendance record in office, his company helped outsource jobs. Sunlight CAM link here.

Democrat Rep. Betsy Markey points out that her opponent, Cory Gardner, has had to pull some of his attack ads for inaccuracy. Sunlight CAM link here.

8:28 a.m.: Michael Bennet campaign ad says that Ken Buck doesn’t care if jobs are outsourced to other countries. See Bennet ads on Sunlight CAM link here.

8:48 a.m. Michael Bennet voted for Obama’s failed stimulus; he was the deciding vote on “Obama-care.” He’s “their senator not ours.” This one is from American Crossroads, which has spent more than $5.1 million on independent expenditures opposing Bennet; most recently it reported a $646,000 media buy on October 26.

The Ryan Frazier campaign says that the first two years of “change” have brought record deficits and corrupt politicians.

The NRSC runs a positive ad for Ken Buck, saying he has “deep Colorado roots,” who will say “no” to reckless spending. In an echo of the negative American Crossroads ad above, the tag line is “He’ll be our senator, not theirs.” The NRSC has reported spending $4.2 million on ads opposing Bennet and $912,000 on ads supporting Buck. Where does the NRSC get its money to run such ads? Not from Colorado. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, top donors this election cycle–all giving more than $200,000–include the New York hedge firm Elliott Management, Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs, and Texas developer Perry Homes.

8:53 a.m.: Ken Buck’s kids aren’t as young as Bennet’s but they still can do cute campaign ads. In this ad from the candidate’s campaign, daughter Kaitlin, says her dad coached her brother Cody as well as her. Now Cody is at West Point, and Kaitlin is at Clemson. They’re helping their dad’s campaign, and it’s not easy with all the negative ads. “Dad’s always been there for us; he’ll be there for Colorado too.”

8:54 a.m.: Betsy Markey has voted with Nancy Pelosi 94 percent of the time! This ad from Cory Gardner has gotten very heavy air play, at least during my watch.

From the Ryan Frazier campaign, an ad saying he’ll “restore common sense to Washington.”

8:56 a.m. The NRSC ad on Buck and his “deep Colorado roots.” See 8:48 a.m.

8:59 a.m. From the Betsy Markey campaign, an ad saying don’t believe what you hear attack ads. Markey says “I have zero tolerance for Wall Street bailouts.”

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