Coffman race moves to "toss up" against Jason Crow in Colorado's 6th Congressional District

Coffman race moves to “toss up” against Jason Crow in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District

Author: Joey Bunch - May 7, 2017 - Updated: July 31, 2017

The vote to repeal and replace Obamacare with, um, something put a very early spark in the campaign of Democrat Jason Crow, who hopes to unseat Rep. Mike Coffman next year.

The Cook Political Report, the venerable prognosticator of elections, moved the race to a “toss-up” status Friday. Trump’s proposal rates terribly in polls, and Republicans won’t do themselves any favors in next year’s mid-term elections.

Cook looked at 23 Republicans in districts Hillary Clinton won last year. Of those, 14 voted for the GOP plan Thursday. The Republican from Aurora was one of the nine who didn’t.

Cook reported Friday:

“Coffman ended up voting against the AHCA, but his hesitation to announce his position likely won’t assuage voters who want to send a message to President Trump next year. In his past three impressive victories, Coffman has been able to contrast his own military service against his opponents’ votes in the state legislature. But now Democrats are excited about attorney and former Army Ranger Jason Crow. Coffman hasn’t ruled out a bid for governor.”

Couple of problems there, Cookie. Mike’s wife, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, is the one considering a run for governor. But it is accurate to say Mike hasn’t ruled it out.

Also, Cook fails to cite another Democrat who’s entered the race, Aurora attorney David Aarestad, and others considering getting in. It’s way too early to tell how Democrats will line up, until we’ve heard what state Sen. Rhonda Fields and others might do.

“Voters are going to have two very different choices next fall,” Crow said in a statement on Friday. “Do we want to continue with the way our country and political discourse are moving or do they want new leadership and a new voice representing them in Washington?”

Coffman campaign spokesman Tyler Sandberg was dismissive to “D.C. pundit analysis.”

“Washington, the city that sings to the song played by one hand clapping,” he joked.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.

One comment

  • jm fay

    May 7, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    We think Mr Bunch you have alot of insights but we dont think you live in the 6th? Maybe we are wrong though? Those of us who live here; know our Congressman and he does plenty of activities in the 6th to keep his job; no matter how he acts; puts his foot in his foot; etc.

    Mr Crow also doesnt even live in the 6th which carries a lot of weight here. Morgan Carroll has alot of ties to the 6th but mainly Aurora and she didnt have enough to pull off a win yet Mr Crow does? Who even knows him? We didnt when we first heard his name and we are very politcially active.

    People also split their vote in the 6th as the same area that Morgan lost; Coiffman and others won. This is despite the massive amounts of money they poured into Arapahoe county; most of which is in the 6th.


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