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POLS UPDATE: This is a significant break for state Rep. Joe Miklosi’s campaign against entrenched incumbent Mike Coffman, at least as significant as Miklosi’s life-preserving Q1 numbers and a sign he is successfully capitalizing on that momentum. Presence in the top tier of competitive races for Democrats national puts Miklosi on a path to real contention, where before he was nowhere. It’s welcome news for Miklosi to be featured in this list of pickup hopefuls, keeping in mind that he will need to continue to raise his own money to stay there.
But like the motivational speakers say, “good follows good.” Original post continues.
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel announced fourteen new Congressional races that have qualified for the highly competitive Democratic “Red To Blue” program to win back the US House of Representatives, and CD6 Candidate Joe Miklosi made the cut. Joe’s team has surpassed standards for aggressive fundraising, effective organizing and competent infrastructure. Joe himself demonstrated that he is a problem solver and most closely represents the priorities, issues, and values of his constituency.
The DCCC’s Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns, attracting donors in “safe red” or “safe blue” districts to invest in other, more competitive districts across the country. It also helps candidates with financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support.
Congressman Jared Pols serves on the Red To Blue Program committee. The Red To Blue program emphasizes the needs of the middle class, and Miklosi’s background, goals and record closely matched the criteria for becoming a Red To Blue candidate.
Miklosi is running against Tea Party Incumbent, Mike Coffman, in a newly redistricted area which is now roughly 1/3 R, 1/3 D and 1/3 U, thanks to the addition of the urban/suburban medium sized City of Aurora. Aurora is the third largest city in Colorado.
From the Red To Blue Press Release:
70 percent of the current Red to Blue candidates outraised their Republican opponent in the first quarter of 2012 (16 of 23). The House Race Hotline wrote these Red to Blue candidates are the “strongest recruiting class since ’06, no small feat.”
What does this mean for middle income voters all across Colorado? They are one step closer to being represented in Congress by someone who shares their values, their heartaches, their concerns, and their dreams. It also means it’s time to update Colorado Pols “Big Line 2012″.
Congratulations to Joe Miklosi and his staff… and congratulations to Colorado!
Other Red To Blue Candidates are:
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01)
Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
David Crooks (IN-08)
Gary McDowell (MI-01)
John Delaney (MD-06)
Shelley Adler (NJ-03)
Julian Schreibman (NY-19)
Manan Trivedi (PA-06)
Pat Kreitlow (WI-07)
Arizona’s 9th District*
New York’s 18th District*
*Emerging races — designated as becoming increasingly competitive.