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Bennet will have a fight, but how much of one is TBD

Author: Jennifer Kerns - April 13, 2016 - Updated: April 13, 2016

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There is a reason so many Republican candidates are in the race to take a shot at unseating Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet ... besides the fact the GOP's stronger top-tier bench of candidates all decided not to run. Colorado's open Senate seat is one of nine seats nationwide that has been identified as competitive, and in one of the most important battleground states to boot. While Bennet is incredibly well-funded and financially prepared for a fight, the fact that the Senate seat is in play during a presidential year complicates the equation for him and the Democratic Party. Historically, Senate seats are uniquely tied to presidential races and can pivot on a dime depending on the national mood of the electorate.

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Jennifer Kerns

Jennifer Kerns

Jennifer Kerns is an executive editor at The Colorado Statesman. She is an accomplished conservative political writer and contributor to several national publications including The Blaze, The Washington Times, and The Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal. She also served as the communications director and spokeswoman for the 2013 Colorado recall elections to defend Coloradans' Second Amendment rights.