A press release from Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Steve Israel today acknowledges what you already know about Colorado's 6th Congressional District race, listing Colorado's 2014 marquee congressional battle in the first round of the DCCC's "Red to Blue" program.
In total, 35 districts are part of the initial list in the Red to Blue or Emerging Races programs. Of the 16 candidates selected for Red to Blue today, 10 are women. Chairman Israel announced that three districts with multiple Democratic candidates have also qualified for Red to Blue. In addition, Chairman Israel announced 12 Emerging Races and four Emerging Districts, where campaigns are on track and working hard to put seats in play…
“There’s no question – these candidates are on the side of average Americans, and they’ve shown throughout their careers that they’ll work together to help make the middle class more financially secure and solve our problems – the exact antidote to the flawed priorities of this broken Republican Congress,” Chairman Israel said. “These candidates earned their places in our battle-tested program because of their hard work and the competitive nature of their districts, and we will continue to work with them to build and execute winning campaigns.”
In 2012, Democrat Joe Miklosi was lucky to make the cut for the "Red to Blue" program, which steers national Democratic resources both directly and indirectly to key races. This year, the listing of Andrew Romanoff is more of a foregone conclusion. Romanoff's so-far excellent fundraising, even besting dollar-dialing powerhouse incumbent Mike Coffman in the fourth quarter of last year, means that this year will be no repeat of 2012–where underdog Miklosi still managed to perform much better against Coffman on Election Day than expected.
This year, Mike Coffman's swingiest of swing seats is on everybody's list.