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September 09, 2008

Top 10 races to watch

Make sure to check out today’s 40-page edition of Politico, where we spotlight ten of the most compelling House and Senate races across the country.

In the package, I take a look at the re-election bid of a perennial GOP target, Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) who is facing a Democratic opponent that doesn’t feel the need to distance herself from the national party’s position on social issues.

DENVER -- In past elections, a Democratic candidate from Colorado’s rural 4th District might have been nervous about holding a wine-and-cheese fundraiser at an art show in downtown Denver.

But Betsy Markey did it the other day — and she invited a reporter to come along.

Call it a sign of confidence.

Markey is running so strongly against Republican Rep. Marilyn Musgrave that her campaign isn’t all that worried about optics that might make her seem out of step with the mostly conservative, mostly rural voters she wants to represent.

Markey, a businesswoman and former Larimer County chairwoman who worked as Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar’s regional director, says Musgrave has alienated a majority of her constituents by working too hard on social issues such as gay marriage and not enough on solving people’s everyday problems.

“Marilyn has focused on divisive social issues, issues that tear people apart. And I want to talk about where we can find common ground,” said Markey. “How Democrats and Republicans can make progress on health care, the economy, instead of just grandstanding and poking fun at the other side.”

UPDATE: The Denver art show event wasn't a fundraiser for Markey's campaign, but a reception for Larimer County Democrats.