Colorado GOP Senate contender nicknamed ‘The Boss’ spotlights conservative credentials

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FIRST ON Daily Post: Joe O’Dea needs Colorado voters to know that he’s “not a politician.”

O’Dea, a first-time candidate and the proprietor of Concrete Categorical, a Denver-based development firm that employs greater than 300 folks, is one in every of two Republicans who will face off for his or her get together’s Senate nomination in Colorado’s June 28 main. The winner will tackle Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in November, in a race that the GOP more and more thinks it has an opportunity of profitable in a state that’s leaned blue for practically twenty years.

On Saturday, O’Dea’s marketing campaign will start a TV, radio, and digital advert blitz spotlighting his story and why he’s working for the Senate.

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“Joe O’Dea. He’s a conservative running for U.S. Senate. He’s not a politician. People call him the boss. He’s a construction CEO and a Colorado leader. He built his construction company from the ground up, employing hundreds of Coloradans,” the narrator says in the spot, which was shared first with Day by day Put up on Friday.

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“He’s running for the Senate to cut the debt, stop inflation, support the police and military, take on rampant crime. Endorsed by conservatives. Endorsed by police. Joe O’Dea. The boss, not a politician,” the narrator continues.

O’Dea’s marketing campaign tells Day by day Put up they may spend 1 / 4 of one million {dollars} to run the advert statewide for 3 weeks, as a way to enhance their candidate’s identify recognition with Colorado main voters.

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O’Dea will face off within the June main in opposition to Republican state Rep. Ron Hanks, who gained the highest line designation within the Republican main poll earlier this month on the GOP’s state meeting in Colorado Springs. 5 different Senate candidates who had been working for the nomination had been eradicated on the get together gathering. 

Republican Senate candidate Joe O'Dea of Colorado hands out donuts to voters outside the state GOP assembly, on April 9, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Republican Senate candidate Joe O’Dea of Colorado arms out donuts to voters exterior the state GOP meeting, on April 9, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colorado
(Joe O’Dea Senate marketing campaign)

O’Dea landed his identify on the first poll by getting at the least 1,500 legitimate signatures from every of Colorado’s eight congressional districts.

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Hanks, who’s base is Freemont County, southwest of Colorado Springs, is a robust supporter of former President Donald Trump’s claims that his 2020 election loss to now-President Biden was as a result of large voter fraud.

“I fully expected Donald Trump to win in 2020, and he did,” Hanks mentioned to loud cheers by the GOP delegates gathered on the Republican state meeting.

O’Dea has mentioned he doesn’t agree with Trump’s claims relating to the 2020 election.

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Whereas Hanks could have an edge over his rival in identify recognition, O’Dea has an enormous lead within the fundraising struggle. O’Dea introduced in $410,000 in the course of the January-Mach 2022 first quarter of fundraising — together with $107,000 of his personal cash — in comparison with simply $29,000 raised by Hanks. And O’Dea had $609,000 in his marketing campaign coffers as of the top of March, in comparison with simply $16,000 for Hanks.

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Republicans want a web acquire of only one seat in November’s midterms to win again the Senate majority they misplaced once they had been swept in Georgia’s twin runoff elections in January 2021. The Republicans high 4 targets this 12 months are 4 first time period Democratic senators in key battleground states — Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona, Raphael Warnock of Georgia, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. 

Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado speaks to voters at a house party in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., December 8, 2019, during his unsucessful run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Picture taken December 8, 2019.

Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado speaks to voters at a home get together in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., December 8, 2019, throughout his unsucessful run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Image taken December 8, 2019.
(REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz)

Topping their second-tier targets is Bennet. 

However ousting Bennet, who’s gained two earlier Senate elections, gained’t be simple in a state Biden carried by 13 factors within the 2020 election. And Bennet hauled in $2.5 million in fundraising the previous three months, bringing his money readily available to $6.1 million.

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