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Some stories move quickly from concept to reality, within a matter of weeks. Others can take months.

As far back as last summer, we talked about the need for a closer look at U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, the Democratic favorite to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard in the 2008 election. But our idea wasn't for some kind of puff piece. From the start, we thought of it as more akin to an unauthorized biography.

Among our writers, Michael de Yoanna was the obvious choice for this assignment. He goes back a long way with Udall; Michael lived in Boulder during the 1990s, as Udall embarked on his political career. That familiarity, and Michael's persistence, led to revealing interviews with the congressman, as well as a wide-ranging mix of observations from friends and foes, all chronicled in our main feature this week (starting on p. 19).

In a year overflowing with important election issues and races, Udall's quest for the Senate facing Republican Bob Schaffer should be Colorado's most enduring story. We hope that our coverage, though it took a while to assemble, will pay off with more understanding of, and interest in, that story.

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