The National Journal website credited U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora with running one of the best campaigns in the country leading up to last month’s elections.
The Republican Coffman won a fifth term over Democratic state Sen. Morgan Carroll in the 6th Congressional District in east metro Denver, a district heavy with Democrats and minorities in a year in which Donald Trump led the the ticket.
Coffman beat the worthy adversary by 8 percentage points, just two years after walloping former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff by 9. Privately, Democrats and Republicans have speculated that it could be difficult to find a future candidate capable and willing to take on Coffman after two stellar Democrats fared so poorly—spanning both a midterm election, when Democrats tend to underperform in Colorado, and this year’s general election.
The National Journal observed:
Coffman has long been the model of how House Republicans win campaigns by appealing to voters outside the GOP base. He taught himself Spanish so he could better appeal to Hispanic voters in a redrawn district after 2012. In two elections since, he’s faced two of the top Democratic recruits in the country. And in both elections, he’s coasted to victory—by 9 points in a suburban Denver district that comfortably backed Clinton.
Coffman had a political all-star team working on his campaign, led by campaign manager Cinamon Watson, consultant and senior strategist Josh Penry, financial director Kristin Strohm, deputy finance director Natalie Tabor and political director J.D. Key, along with Liesl Hickey and Chad Scarborough, partners at Patchwork Creative, the producers of his TV ads..
Others on the National Journal’s “10 Best Congressional Campaigns of 2016” were four Democrats—Sen.-elect Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and Reps. Stephanie Murphy of Florida, Rick Nolan of Minnesota and Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey. The list includes five other Republicans —Sens, Rob Portman of Ohio, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Marco Rubio of Florida, along with Reps. Barbara Comstock of Virginia and Erik Paulsen of Minnesota.