Jon Keyser

Republicans in Wait-and-See Mode Going Into Colorado Senate Primary
None of the five Republican candidates has clear advantage

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet will find out on Tuesday who's challenging him in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans have just one real shot at unseating a Democratic senator this year, and on Tuesday they will find out how realistic their chances are.  

For different reasons , the bigger names  whom Republicans wanted to run for the Colorado Senate seat  did not.  

Forgery Charges in Colorado Senate Race
GOP hopes of unseating Bennet dim with arrest of signature gatherer

Republicans thought they had a shot at unseating Colorado Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A woman who gathered signatures for Republican Jon Keyser's Senate campaign in Colorado was arrested  Wednesday on 34 felony forgery charges.  

Maureen Marie Moss is charged with turning in at least 34 fraudulent signatures to her employer, Black Diamond Outreach, which collected signed petitions for Keyser's campaign.

Legal Ruling Keeps GOP Hopeful on Colorado Senate Ballot
But decision didn't address forged signature allegations against Jon Keyser

A Denver judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Senate bid of a candidate who Republicans had hoped would pose a serious threat to Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet in a battleground race.  

But the judge's decision did not address lingering questions about forged voter signatures — including one of a dead person — that Jon Keyser's campaign submitted to get him on the ballot, putting him in a weakened position ahead of a crowded June 28 Republican primary.  

Trump Makes Life Harder for Colorado and Nevada Senate Candidates
Large Latino populations make flipping those seats harder for Republicans

Heck is running for Senate in Nevada. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two western states with large Latino populations offered Republicans the best opportunity to flip Senate seats from blue to red. But that was before Donald Trump. He hasn't scuttled the GOP’s planned offensives in Nevada and Colorado — but the presumptive GOP presidential nominee has made two difficult campaigns even harder. That's because each state’s Republican nominee will need to court Latino voters while running alongside a candidate who, according to polls, is deeply unpopular with Hispanic voters . And some of the party’s deftest strategists acknowledge that that complication might be close to impossible to overcome. [Related: Why Trump Could Do Lasting Damage to the GOP] “You don’t need to win the Hispanic vote in those states, but you need to be competitive,” said Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster who worked for Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign. The Republican candidates in each state needs to focus on local issues, of course. But h ow does a candidate do that? “By continuing to reiterate that you are a very different person,” Ayres said. “You can’t be for throwing 11 million Hispanics out of the country and hope to get any share of the Hispanic vote.”

   

Republicans Struggle to Keep Colorado Senate Race in Play
Michael Bennet's re-election race moves from Lean Democratic to Democrat Favored

The crowded GOP field to take on Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet narrowed recently from a dozen candidates to four contenders.  

Former El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn was the only candidate to secure a position on the primary ballot at the state convention. It was a surprise boost of support for the black, retired Air Force officer and former Colorado Springs city councilman. But it also may have been Glenn’s peak performance, considering he had just $11,000 in his campaign account on March 31.