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Colorado 4th District


Betsy Markey

Betsy Markey (D)

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Marilyn Musgrave*

Marilyn Musgrave* (R)*

Bio | Campaign Site

Colorado Snapshot

RCP Senate Ranking: Toss Up

Senate Race: Udall(D) vs. Schaffer (R)
Presidential Race:
Obama (D) vs. McCain (R)
Competitive House Races: CO-4

Key 2006 State Races: Governor | CO-4 | CO-7

2004 President: Kerry (D) vs. Bush (R)
2004 Senate Race: Salazar (D) vs. Coors (R)

Polling Data

PollDateSampleMarkey (D)Musgrave (R)Spread
SurveyUSA8/22 - 8/24618 LV5043Markey +7

Race Summary

Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's winning percentage has gone down every election since her initial victory in 2002. Any incumbent who wins re-election with 46% of the vote, as Musgrave did in 2006, is in trouble. Her opponent, former congressional aide Betsy Markey, has backers in the environmental community who have already spent heavily on the race. Environmental groups are trying to make Musgrave this year's version of Richard Pombo (R), the former Resources committee chair knocked from his California seat in 2006, and they may just succeed.

Previous Election Results

2006: Musgrave (R) 46, Paccione (D) 43
2004: Musgrave (R) 51, Matsunaka (D) 45
2002: Musgrave (R) 55, Matsunaka (D) 42

2004: Bush (R) 58, Kerry (D) 41
2000: Bush (R) 57, Gore (D) 36

All Commentary & News Stories

- Markey Airs First TV Commercial of Congressional Campaign - The Coloradoan

- Wildlife Group Targets Musgrave - Rocky Mountain News

- Group Honors Musgrave for Efforts to Limit Government - The Coloradoan

- Debate Strikes Softer Tone - Colorado Independent