Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado has announced that he will honor his two-term promise to the voters of Colorado and he will not seek a third term as a U.S. Senator. This will create quite of bit of interest in the next election cycle. Not only will Colorado have this open seat, there will be big race for President and Denver will be hosting the Democratic National Convention.
Here is a quote from Senator Allard from the Denver Post, "In an age when promises are cast away as quickly as yesterday's newspaper, I believe a promise made is a promise kept," said Allard. "The people of Colorado placed their trust in me based on my promise to them to serve no more than two terms, and it was very important to me to not dishonor that trust."
This race will be wide open, but it will be hard for Republicans to win this seat. For the Republicans, names mentioned include former Governor Bill Owens and former Congressmen Scott McInnis and Bob Schaeffer.
For the Democrats current Congressman Mark Udall has already announced that he is running and maybe current Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will definitely be mentioned. I am wondering if current Congressman John Salazar will try and join his brother in the U.S. Senate.
Slapstick had this to say about Allard stepping down. "A true man of his word, Sen. Wayne Allard honored his self-imposed two-term pledge. Unlike senate lifers, blowhards (they enjoy the sound of their own voices), and presidential aspirants, Allard carved out a quiet record as a citizen-legislator, unfazed by the glitz and power-politics of DC."
The RealClearPolitics Blog already has some thoughts on how the election for this seat will go: "This is probably good news for GOP hopes of holding on to this seat, as Allard would have faced an uphill battle against the likely Democratic nominee Rep. Mark Udall. If former two-term Governor Bill Owens were to throw his hat in the ring, Republicans would probably be favored to hold the seat. The other prominent names mentioned on the GOP side at this early stage would likely be considered slight underdogs against Udall."
It will definitely be a fun election, but my thoughts now are it will be hard for the Republicans to beat Representative Mark Udall for this seat.