Musgrave soundly defeated in CD 4 upset

Marilyn Musgrave at the final debate in Windsor. (Photo/Jason Kosena)

Marilyn Musgrave at the final debate in Windsor. (Photo/Jason Kosena)

A stunning win by political newcomer Democrat Betsy Markey over ultra-conservative, three-time incumbent Rep. Marilyn Musgrave in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District has taken politicos by complete surprise. The 57-43 victory has been sealed with 69 percent of precincts reporting.

The race was characterized by vicious attack ads, ethics complaints and an enormous fundraising haul by the candidates themselves and by special interests groups.

Jason Kosena reports from the Larimer County Democrats’ victory party:

Betsy Markey, the first Democrat elected to the 4th CD in 36 years, just finished a rousing victory speech at the Hilton in Fort Collins, her hometown. Thanking her family and staff individually, Markey said the race against Rep. Marilyn Musgrave was a tough-fought battle.

“I want to thank Marilyn Musgrave,” Markey said to cheers from 400-500 people. “I respect anyone who is willing to put their name out there and go through this process.”

Markey continued her speech to supporters, telling them this year change was not just a slogan but an anthem — an anthem she heard loud and clear.

“I promise you here tonight that I will only serve in the 4th Congressional District for as long as I hear that anthem,” Markey said as she finished her speech.

Read more of The Colorado Independent’s coverage of the CD 4 race.

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