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GOP Senator Allard Of CO: Won’t Run For 2008 Re-Election January 16, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News.
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DENVER (AP)–Colorado Republican Sen. Wayne Allard said Monday he will not run for re-election in 2008, honoring a pledge he made in 1996 to serve only two six-year terms.

“Today, I’m announcing that I will honor my term limits pledge to the people of Colorado,” he said.

The decision sets up a wide-open race. Allard’s seat was once considered safe for the Republicans, but Colorado voters have shown a penchant lately for replacing Republicans with Democrats. In the past two years, Democrats have wrested two House seats and a Senate seat from Republicans in Colorado.

Democrats see the race as a chance to strengthen their majority in the U.S. Senate in the 2008 national elections when a lot of Republican-held seats will be at stake.

Democratic Rep. Mark Udall, a popular five-term congressman and son of former Rep. Morris Udall of Arizona, has said he intended to run for the seat whether Allard did or not. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, has also been mentioned as a potential candidate.

On the Republican side, former congressman Scott McInnis said he will run if Allard and former Gov. Bill Owens do not.

Owens, a Republican, left office last week after term limits prevented him from running again. McInnis did not immediately return calls Monday.

Another prominent Republican, anti-immigration firebrand Rep. Tom Tancredo, also has been mentioned as a possible candidate. So have Attorney General John Suthers, who said through a spokeswoman it was premature to make a decision about 2008, and John Elway, the former star quarterback of the Denver Broncos professional football team.

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