Fallon expects to do well against DeGette … but not that well

Mike Fallon, the sacrificial Republican tabbed to run against Denver Democratic congressional fixture Diana DeGette, told the Colorado Independent he’s feeling good about today’s midterm election. But not that good.

“The polls are looking good for Republicans across the country, but we’re in a really tough district for Republicans [Colorado’s 1st Congressional District]. Do I think we’re going to be able to pull off a major upset? Probably not.”

Fallon did say he thinks he’ll pull more votes in the largely liberal Denver district than any other Republican in recent memory.

DeGette has been a U.S. congresswoman representing CD1 since 1997 after serving a brief stint in the state House of Representatives. She is considered very safe, even in this year of Tea Party discontent.

Fallon made his comments outside the Doubletree Hotel Denver Tech Center, where most Republican candidates are gathering tonight to celebrate expected gains on Democrats.