Romanoff wants a progressive upset in Colorado’s Senate race. Are progressives with him?

DENVER, CO - JUNE 16 : Former state House speaker Andrew Romanoff debates Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in the studio of Denver7 in Denver on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The debate, held ahead of the Democratic primary, was sponsored by The Denver Post, Colorado Public Radio News, Denver7 and the University of Denver’s Center on American Politics. The winner of the June 30 primary will go on to face incumbent Republican Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner in November's general election. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 16 : Former state House speaker Andrew Romanoff debates Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in the studio of Denver7 in Denver on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The debate, held ahead of the Democratic primary, was sponsored by The Denver Post, Colorado Public Radio News, Denver7 and the University of Denver’s Center on American Politics. The winner of the June 30 primary will go on to face incumbent Republican Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner in November's general election. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

At this point a decade ago, Andrew Romanoff believed he was within striking distance of winning the U.S. Senate primary.

Michael Bennet was running to hold the seat he’d been appointed to the year before, and Romanoff as the dark-horse challenger had drawn close in the polls. Powerful Democrats saw him as a one-man threat to their plans for Colorado.

Today, Romanoff has battled his way back to a similar position. Once again, he has run a relentless campaign against his party’s national leadership, arguing that the “unholy” influence of money has corrupted their efforts on climate change and health care. Just like in 2010, Romanoff has debuted a harshly critical ad against his opponent in the final stretch, and he once more finds himself facing off against an alliance of influential politicians.

He lost last time by about eight percentage points. This time, the candidate sees a different electorate, one that is more ready to side with his reform message.

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