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Ken Buck chosen to lead state GOP 

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U.S. Rep. Ken Buck won the Republican chair seat on March 30 after four ballot rounds, and then vowed to "let the world know this is not a blue state," The Colorado Sun reported.

He defeated state Rep. Susan Beckman on the final vote after another candidate, Sherrie Gibson, the former party vice-chair from El Paso County, endorsed Buck. Another contender was prominent President Donald Trump supporter Steve Barlock.

Buck said he would hold his congressional seat while serving as chair, and focus on fundraising, the Sun reported. He plans to appoint former state party Chair Steve House to manage day-to-day operations without pay.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner endorsed Buck, saying he would make Hillary Clinton "the last Democrat to win Colorado."

The GOP lost every statewide seat in Colorado in the 2018 midterm elections, as well as majorities in the state Senate and House. Former Chair Jeff Hays didn't seek reelection.

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