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DENVER — Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) has seen difficult campaign cycles. He barely survived the Republican tsunami in 2010, chaired the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2014 when his party got wiped out and, in 2016, won reelection against a flawed opponent with not quite 50 percent of the vote.
Until recently, Bennet’s bid this year for a third term had attracted little national attention. But two things have changed that:
One is the intensification in the battle for overall control of the Senate, due to concerns among Republicans that, despite a favorable political climate, weak candidates could cost them seats in November.
The other is the Republican opponent Bennet has drawn. In an election season in which Republican primary voters in toss-up states like Arizona and Pennsylvania have elevated election deniers and other questionable candidates, Denver business executive Joe O’Dea stands out as an exception.
To win the GOP nomination,…
This article was written by Dan Balz and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com