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Not Such a Super Tuesday for Colorado Republicans

Sen. Bernard Sanders addresses a rally at Colorado State University on Feb. 28, 2016. (Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images)

DENVER, Colo. – Sen. Bernard Sanders and Hillary Clinton wooed Colorado Democrats at their annual dinner in early February. And both candidates are airing TV ads this month, trying to stake a claim to a competitive caucus on March 1. But on the Republican side, Super Tuesday is less than super – or conclusive -- in this swing state.  

Rather than primaries, Minnesota and Colorado hold caucuses on March 1. As in first-in-the-nation Iowa, people gather in schools, church basements and neighbors’ homes to choose their presidential candidates – and to elect delegates to county assemblies.  

Take Five: Rep. Mike Coffman

Back home, Coffman tours the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Jon Keyser Enters Colorado Senate Race

Keyser wants to make his campaign against Bennet about national security. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another, albeit expected, Republican  has announced that he's joining the crowded GOP field to take on Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado.  

State Rep. Jon Keyser, a major in the Air Force Reserves who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, announced his candidacy Monday, casting 2016 as a national security election in which his military experience would given him an advantage.  

Scott Tipton Not Running for Colorado Senate Seat

Tipton says he's not running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Colorado 3rd District Rep. Scott Tipton, who had long said he wasn't "closing doors on anything," told Roll Call Friday afternoon that he will be running for re-election to his House seat rather than running for the Senate.  

"You know, we’ve got a lot of issue we’re working on that are incredibly important for my part of the state and our state at large. And we’ve had some success, and that’s where we’re focused," Tipton said. Asked to clarify if he was still leaving the door open, Tipton said, "No, I'm running for the Third District."  

GOP's Preferred Candidate Passes on Colorado Senate Run

Bennet is still without a top GOP challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a surprise announcement, Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, the Republican whom Colorado and national party leaders had been counting on to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, said Wednesday that he will instead run for re-election, according to reports from Colorado's 9News .  

"There were serious family health issues that just recently came up," a GOP operative told CQ Roll Call.  

Bennet Gets GOP Challenger After Iran Deal Decision

Bennet became the 38th Senate Democrat to back the Iran deal Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Robert Blaha is likely to launch a challenge to Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet in the next couple of days, he told CQ Roll Call Friday.  

When told that Bennet became the 38th Senate Democrat to back the Iran deal Friday morning, Blaha said, "OK, well then, I will be making an announcement based on his announcement."  

Colorado Candidate 'Immediately Serious' With $1M Loan

Democrats looking to challenge Coffman may first have to win a primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Few House candidates post $1 million quarterly fundraising hauls.  

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally did it in the 2nd quarter , but she has the advantage of incumbency and the establishment support that comes with it.