Jillian Bandes

In other words, Coloradans may not be proving their allegiance with their pocketbooks. Lahn pointed out that Corey has out-raised Betsey Markey in the state of Colorado during the previous quarter, and that both the Service Employees International Union and Democratic National Committee have both spent a quarter million dollars on television advertising so far with more than seven months to go before the actual election. Gardner, on the other hand, seems to have strong state ties.

“We had an outpouring of emails and donations after Markey changed her vote from no to yes, because I believe a lot of people knew what was coming,” said Lahn. “We’ve had people coming in daily asking how they can help out with the campaign, which is rather early in a non-Presidential year. It’s very encouraging for us.”

Gardner, a fifth-generation Coloradan, is optimistic about his chances given Markey’s vulnerability and his own strong conservative principles in a District that voted for a Democrat – Markey – for the first time in thirty-six years. Markey’s own election came with the wave of Obama Democrats in 2008, defeating three-term incumbent Marilyn Musgrave.

Gardner, a former Member of the Colorado State House of Representatives, was praised by the Denver Post as “the GOP Idea Man.” The Centennial State is also home to one of the strongest tea party organizations in the country.

Jillian Bandes

Jillian Bandes is the National Political Reporter for Townhall.com