Tom Wiens, candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Colorado currently held by Michael Who? Bennet has announced that he is dropping out of the race and has endorsed Ken Buck. This is a significant development in this race, as many people thought that Wiens would do more harm to Buck’s election chances than Jane Norton’s.
Ken Buck won 77% of the delegates at the State GOP Assembly this past weekend, which was not surprising after Norton and Wiens stated they would bypass the Assembly process and petition onto the ballot. This leaves the Primary race between Buck and Norton. Early polls showed Norton with a significant lead, but Buck has been closing the gap in recent months.
It will be interesting to see how much of a difference the Wiens endorsement makes, especially in light of the rumored Sarah Palin endorsement of Jane Norton that never materialized. Otherwise, the issues in the race remain pretty much the same. Norton has been able to raise more money than Buck, but now has to successfully petition onto the ballot. Buck has to show that now that he’s on the ballot and has the support of the delegates that he can improve his dismal fundraising numbers.