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Dems DeGette, Norris spar at CD1 primary debate

Author: Ernest Luning - May 25, 2016 - Updated: May 26, 2016

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U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette says she isn’t taking anything for granted in the June primary, when she faces her first Democratic challenger in 14 years. “I always run hard,” DeGette, 58, told The Colorado Statesman on Saturday after a 90-minute debate with challenger Chuck Norris. “As I’ve said, I think I need to make my case to the voters as to why they should rehire me. I’m happy to be here, and I’m happy to let people know.” Norris, 68, a geologist and longtime Democratic activist, said the electorate is restless and growing, and that voters are ready for a change.

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Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.