Huge turnout for Colorado primary, Romanoff does Fox

Upstart Democratic Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff appeared on Fox to trash the party on Election Day

Published August 10, 2010 9:30PM (EDT)

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Andrew Romanoff and Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Andrew Romanoff and Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

According to the Colorado secretary of state, as reported by the National Review, turnout for the Colorado primaries is on pace to exceed the 2008 record. Thirty-six percent of Democrats and 40 percent of Republicans have returned their ballots. (Most ballots were sent by mail.)

Democrats in Colorado are, right now, choosing between U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and his challenger, homeless former state legislator Andrew Romanoff. The White House has campaigned hard for Bennet. Bill Clinton signed his name to a letter of support for Romanoff. Republicans can pick former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton or prosecutor and non-high-heel wearer Ken Buck.

Turnout this year could double the 2008 record, which would be amazing for a midterm primary election.

Here's a wrinkle: Voters can affiliate themselves with a party the day of the primary election. And upstart Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff did a Fox News hit at 4 today, during which he trashed the DNC and repeated his claim that the Obama administration offered him a job in exchange for dropping out of the race.

Is he going after "unaffiliated" Obama-hating voters? Stranger gambits have been tried.

(Meanwhile, Tom Tancredo is going to run for governor as an independent on the "Crazy Racist" line, more or less guaranteeing a Democratic win.)

By Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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