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2009/2010: Targeting Colorado

COLORADO: "Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, a Republican known for his hard-line views on illegal immigration, is officially running against appointed Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in the Colorado Senate race," Politico writes. "Buck, who launched his Senate campaign website Monday, will most likely face Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier in the GOP primary… All eyes are now on former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-Colo.), who is still mulling over a Senate campaign and has higher name identification than both Buck and Frazier." 
 
KENTUCKY: "Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo (D), who hails from Eastern Kentucky mining country, is a mountaintop mining proponent. His primary foe, Attorney General Jack Conway (D), takes a much more nuanced view. In November, Conway added his name to a letter some state officials sent to then-President Bush arguing against the administration's proposal to legalize dumping waste from mountaintop mining near rivers and streams. Both positions could have serious impact on a state hard-hit by the economic crisis." 
 
NEW YORK: The NY-20 spin is coming fast and furious… The GOP is already girding for a 2010 fight. The NY-20 loss "'taught us we could once again be competitive in a Democrat-held district, so it will be natural for us to apply what worked well and target it again in 2010,' National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Paul Lindsay said on Monday. In addition to state Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R) -- who lost the special election to replace recently appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) by less than 400 votes -- potential Republican candidates in 2010 include former state Assembly Minority Leader John Faso, state Sens. Betty Little and Roy McDonald, Richard Wager, a former aide to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), and Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy, who is no relation to the Congressman-elect."