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Former congressional candidate Nic Morse jumps in GOP primary for Senate District 15 seat

Author: Ernest Luning - October 17, 2017 - Updated: October 17, 2017

Republican Nic Morse (Photo courtesy Morse via Facebook)Republican Nic Morse (Photo courtesy Morse via Facebook)

Former Republican congressional nominee Nic Morse announced late last week he’s running for the Senate District 15 seat held by term-limited state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, who’s seeking the GOP nomination for state treasurer.

It’s already a crowded race, with Republican Rob Woodward and Democrats Rebecca Cranston and Ralph Trenary in the running.

“The goal of our campaign is to make sure we continue to protect the Second Amendment, enforce immigration laws, address the problems created by legalizing marijuana, fight to protect the unborn and fund our transportation and infrastructure projects throughout the state,” Morse said in a statement.

Morse, a marketing executive, fell about 20 points short in his run against Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Jared Polis in the 2nd Congressional District last year. Soon after his loss in November, Morse announced he was running for state treasurer but withdrew from that race in January, saying other political and professional opportunities had arisen.

The senate district, which covers roughly all of Larimer County except for Fort Collins, is heavily Republican. According to the most recent report, 37 percent of active, registered voters were Republicans, 24 percent were Democrats and 38 percent were unaffiliated.

The three other candidates got in the race before the 3rd fundraising quarter ended Sept. 30 and all had filed campaign finance reports by late Monday. Woodward, the Republican, reported raising $5,025 and had $4,789 on hand after spending $235. Cranston raised $3,957, spent $296 and had $3,660 on hand. Trenary raised $2,010 and reported $2,130 in the bank after spending $2,879 and loaning his campaign $3,000. Morse’s initial fundraising report will be due Jan. 16.

Morse said he plans to schedule an official campaign kickoff soon.

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.