Challenger Jason Crow Defeats Rep. Mike Coffman in CO-06

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Posted: Nov 06, 2018 11:35 PM
Challenger Jason Crow Defeats Rep. Mike Coffman in CO-06

Rep. Mike Coffman (R) faced a challenge from Jason Crow (D), a former Army Ranger and attorney. Although Coffman has surged to victory with a large point spread in the past, all eyes have been on Colorado’s 6th Congressional District because of their support for Hillary Clinton in 2016. She won the district by nine points, Ballotpedia reported.

Polling data has consistently shown Crow winning the race. A mid-September poll conducted on behalf of the Coffman campaign showed Crow winning by one point, compared to The New York Times’ poll conducted during the same time period that shows Crow winning by 11 points. End Citizens United conducted a poll towards the end of September. Their results showed Crow beating Coffman by 11 points. Another New York Times poll, conducted in mid-October, showed Crow winning by 11 points.

Major super PACs purchased ads in this race. The National Republican Congressional Committee initially said it would spend $600,000 in favor of Coffman. The group later pulled a $1 million ad buy at the end of October. The Congressional Leadership Fund spent more than $700,000 on attack ads against Crow in August. At the end of September, the CLF decided to pull the $1 million they had set aside for additional television ad buys, POLITICO reported.

End Citizens United dropped over $600,000 on TV ads and $150,000 on digital ad buys in favor of Crow. Giffords PAC spent $1.5 million against Coffman while VoteVets spent more than $609,000 on a TV ad buy and $75,000 on digital ad buys in favor of Crow.

Crow touted endorsements from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Gabby Giffords, Gov. Martin O’Malley, the Sierra Club, Everytown for Gun Safety, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, NARAL Pro-Choice America, League of Conservation Voters Action Fund as well as various state and local organizations and representatives.

The Denver Post endorsed Coffman, while The Aurora Sentinel sided with Crow.

Crow came out ahead with 54 percent of the vote.