Michael Bennet and Jared Polis secure reelection in Colorado, where Frisch mounts strong bid for Congress

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Michael Bennet speaks to supporters at a rally outside Mountain Toad Brewing in Golden, Colo., Oct. 26, 2022.

 

(JTA) — Michael Bennet, the Democratic Colorado senator who cites his mother’s Holocaust experience as a key influence on his outlook, beat back a challenge from a moderate Republican.

Bennet was among four Democrats with Jewish heritage running in statewide elections in the state. Jared Polis, the state’s first Jewish and openly gay Democratic governor, also cruised to reelection Tuesday night.

Two other Jewish Democratic incumbents, Attorney General Phil Weiser and Secretary of State Jena Griswold, were leading late Tuesday, but their races were too early to call.

In Colorado’s closely watched Third Congressional District, Lauren Boebert, an extremist Republican who has compared the Holocaust to coronavirus restrictions, is facing an unexpectedly strong challenge from Adam Frisch, a Jewish Democrat. The race has yet to be called, but Frisch was leading Boebert for much of the night as votes were counted in the reliably red district.

Bennet is a moderate first elected in 2008 who briefly ran for president in 2020. He does not publicly say if he identifies as Jewish but says that his mother’s experience as a refugee has profoundly affected him — particularly around the time that the Trump administration separated children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Joe O’Dea, who challenged Bennet, was a rarity: a Republican who disavowed Trump and said he would work with Democrats in the Senate. His calculus was that Colorado is a swing state, although Republicans have nominated far-right candidates in a number of other statewide races in the West, including in Nevada and Arizona.

 

 

 

 

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