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Darryl Glenn Looks for 'Labor Day Magic'

Colorado Republican has much ground to make up before Election Day

Colorado Republican Darryl Glenn's campaign has failed to gain traction against incumbent Michael Bennet. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Republican Senate candidate in Colorado has been trailing Sen. Michael Bennet in recent polls but he is hoping for some "Labor Day magic."

Darryl Glenn has consistently lagged behind Bennet by double digits in one of the few competitive Senate seats that Democrats are defending this cycle. Glenn won his five-way primary race in June after the campaign of former state Rep. Jon Keyser imploded.

“I’m just not sure what happened here,” veteran Republican communications consultant Sean Duffy told The Denver Post. “You would think that a gentleman with his oratorical skills and background … you would think there would be more of a footprint there.”

Glenn's fundraising has been paltry. According to his most recent Federal Election Commission filing, he had less than $120,000 in the bank at the end of June.

Even when he got a chance to address the national stage at the Republican National Convention last month, many networks took the opportunity to cut to commercial breaks.

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Glenn has also faced questions about a 1983 assault charge that was later dropped. The most recent RealClearPolitics polling average shows Bennet beating Glenn by 13 points.

Republican strategists are hoping Glenn can gain ground after the Labor Day holiday, when many voters begin to pay more attention to the upcoming elections.

“The Labor Day magic moment comes next week,” Duffy told the Post. “So I think everybody wants to see things begin to pop.”

But the wind is blowing against Republicans in Colorado.

Hillary Clinton and groups supporting her have curtailed advertising in the state, a sign of the campaign's growing confidence of winning the state's nine electoral votes in November. 

Earlier this month, The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call changed the race rating from Democrat Favored to Safe Democrat.

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