Fact Sheet: Mark Udall Vs. Bob Schaffer for Colorado's U.S. Senate Seat

Things you didn't know about the Colorado Senate race.

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Current Voter Registration

  • 3,203,583 (as of 10/22/2008)
  • Democrats: 1,051,643
  • Republicans: 1,063,347
  • Male: 1,540,239
  • Female: 1,662,337

The 2008 Candidates

  • Mark Udall (Democrat) ran unopposed in the primary.
  • Bob Schaffer (Republican) ran unopposed in the primary.

Other items on this year's ballot: U.S. president (16 candidates are listed); 10 ballot initiatives, including items on gambling, abortion, and affirmative action.

Fundraising and Spending

(as of 10/15/2008)

Schaffer

  • Total Contributions: $6,980,965
  • Money Spent: $5,462,847
  • Cash on Hand: $1,518,119

Udall

  • Total Contributions: $10,790,587
  • Money Spent: $11,582,494
  • Cash on Hand: $470, 463

Colorado Demographics

(as of 2006)

  • Total Population 4,753,377
  • Male 50.4%
  • Female 49.6%
  • Median Age 35.4
  • White 82.8%
  • African-American 3.7%
  • Asian 2.8%
  • American Indian 0.9%

2002 Senate Election

  • Wayne Allard (Republican): 717,893 51%
  • Tom Strickland (Democrat): 648,130 46%
  • Total Votes: 1,416,081, an estimated 49.45 percent turnout

Sources: Colorado secretary of state, Colorado League of Women Voters, Federal Election Commission, U.S. Census Bureau, The Almanac of American Politics

3 Things You Didn't Know About the Colorado Senate Race

1. Over the past three decades, the candidate who has won the Denver suburbs has won the election.

2. Until this year's campaign, Colorado's 2004 Senate election campaign was the most expensive in Colorado history. In that contest, Democrat Ken Salazar became the first Hispanic senator in more than a quarter century when he defeated Republican beer baron Pete Coors.

3. The candidates are competing to replace Republican Sen. Wayne Allard, who was the first senator to announce his retirement for the 2008 elections, making his decision known in January 2007.

Sources:

Rocky Mountain News, USA Today, The Hill