Rep. Ken Buck Says He Will Not Challenge Bennet For A Senate Seat In Colorado In 2022 | New
U.S. Representative Ken Buck, Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, said Thursday night he would not be running for the U.S. Senate seat in Colorado next year, leaving Democratic U.S. Senator Michael Bennet without even a suspected Republican challenger in his candidacy for a third term. .
Buck, who announced in December that he is not seeking a second term as head of the state’s GOP, said on Twitter he was “humbled” by the support he has received for a potential candidacy for the state GOP. Senate, but that he intended to continue representing the 4th Congressional District, which covers Greeley, Castle Rock and the Eastern Plains.
“I am honored for the interest and support I have received in pursuing a potential Senate candidacy, but I will not be running for the US Senate in Colorado,” Buck tweeted.
“I look forward to continuing to serve and represent the wonderful people of Colorado’s Fourth District in Congress.”
Buck’s announcement negates the prospect of a rematch between the Windsor Republican and Bennet, who beat Buck by a narrow margin to win his first full term in 2010.
The seat is not seen as competitive, according to national election forecasters from The Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball, who view the Colorado Senate contest as a strong Democrat.
As one of the few top Colorado Republicans still in office after two Democratic-dominated election cycles, Buck would likely have been the frontrunner in a Republican primary.
Republican sources tell Colorado Politics no other Republican has spoken of challenging Bennet, who ran for president last year but withdrew from the Democratic primary early after a poor performance in New Hampshire .