Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Morse going for second term

Posted By on Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 2:42 PM

State Sen. John Morse, who serves as the Senate majority leader, will kick of his re-election campaign at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at the Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave.

Morse, a Democrat from El Paso County, promises food and good friends will be on hand.

Morse wants another four-year term.
  • Morse wants another four-year term.

Morse handily defeated incumbent Republican Ed Jones in 2006 by a 60 percent/40 percent margin. Can he do again this year? He faces two challengers: Republican Owen Hill, who has raised $52,195 in campaign money, which includes a $7,446 loan, and Libertarian Douglas Randall, who has raised no money.

Morse has collected $45,158 in contributions.

One thing the Democrat has going for him is there are now more Dems in Senate District 11 than Republicans. In 2006, the split was: Dems - 19,461; Republicans - 21,496, and Unaffiliated - 24,018.

As of April, the split was: Dems - 21,842; Republicans - 18,613, and Unaffiliated - 24,466.

Of course, there are more unaffiliated voters than either of the parties have, so they likely will have a big say in whether Morse stays in office or someone else takes his place.

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