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How closely does Colorado mirror what's happening politically across the nation?

We're about to find out, starting in the Aug. 10 primary with competitive races on both sides, then continuing to the November general election. The questions seem to be popping up everywhere.

How pervasive is the tea party movement in this state, and could it be strong enough to affect Republican outcomes?

Can the Colorado GOP establishment fight off earnest challenges in the senator and governor races, threatening to stop Jane Norton and Scott McInnis from making the November ballot?

Will the anti-incumbent frustration with Washington, already having ended several prominent careers, have sufficient substance in Colorado to bring down Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, appointed 18 months ago?

We can only guess, but that leads to one of our most cherished responsibilities: giving election endorsements or recommendations. With mail ballots going out next week, we're offering our input on the state-level races in this issue (here) and the El Paso County sheriff contest next week.

Certainly, every voter should study the issues and make his or her own decisions. Our first priority, now and always, is simply to urge everyone to vote.

The broader the participation, the more legitimate the results.

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