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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMay 25, 201614min438

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.