Which Republican Will Take On Sen. Michael Bennet In 2016?


Republicans in Colorado have many choices on who will challenge Senator Michael Bennet of the Democratic Party next year. There are many potential candidates and they more keep coming in. El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn is the only official Republican at the moment.

However, many aspirants have shown interest including the State’s Senator Tim Neville, George Brauchler who is former Arapahoe County District Attorney and Greg Lopez who is a former small Business Administration head.

In the field full of hopefuls Brauchler has the highest profile especially after leading prosecution in Aurora shooting trial. Currently Bennet has raised more than $4 million for his campaign as he intends to retain the seat. A political analyst Eric Sondermann said, “If Republicans thought it was a viable seat, if they really smelled blood in the water and thought that they had the candidate who could pull it off, the money would flow pretty quickly.”

Republican Party’s former chair Dick Wadhams also weighed in and said having a competitive primary will not be a bad thing. He added that it stirs the interest of the candidates and makes them even better. Just as next year’s presidential election will shape the nation it will also shape Colorado. Voter’s orientation on a presidential nominee will certainly have an impact on Senate candidates.