Democrat Bennet wins Colorado Senate seat

Incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., speaks during an election watch party Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., speaks during an election watch party Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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UPDATED 5:28 PM – Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Michael Bennet wins Colorado’s Senate seat.

The race for Colorado’s Senate seat has been marked under the radar as one that may determine which party wins majority in Congress’s upper chamber.

Senate hopeful Joe O’Dea (R-Colo.) dropped out of Colorado State University to run a construction company he started from his basement, which is now employs over 300 Coloradans. The Republican said too many of people in Washington, D.C. don’t understand the value of hard work. O’Dea sought to be a voice for working Americans.

O’Dea’s campaign focused on reducing inflation, American energy independence and economic health, securing the border, and more. The Republican has made it known he’s not focused on social issues and is against efforts to ban abortion or same-sex marriage.

“You’ve got a lot of politicians in both political parties who spend way too much time trying to tell people how to live their lives,” O’Dea said. “That’s just not me. I live my life. You live yours.”

O’Dea was labeled as a “RINO” by former President Trump after the Republican said he wants to distance himself from the 45th President. O’Dea made it known that he will “actively campaign against him” in 2024’s presidential election.

“President Trump is entitled to his opinion but I’m my own man and I’ll call it like I see it,” O’Dea said in a statement. “Another Biden, Trump election will tear this country apart.”

Meanwhile, incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) served as the superintendent for Denver Public Schools. He was also the Chief of Staff for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper before being appointed to the Senate.

He has represented the state since 2009 and has worked across the aisle to address the nation’s education, health care and national security. While campaigning, Bennet touted Democrat wins including the Inflation Reduction Act and the CHIPS Act.

The Democrat’s third bid for Congress focused on boosting the economy, lifting kids out of poverty, climate change, clean energy and agriculture.