Owen Hill, a first-term state senator with Washington ambitions, is bowing out of his bid for U.S. Senate, in a move that all but clears the field for U.S. Rep Cory Gardner as he looks to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.
“Gardner has the best chance of defeating Mark Udall in November and I pray that he does,” Hill said in an email to supporters. “We need a renewed focus on liberty as the best way to promote human dignity. We cannot forget that we have a duty to help people; we are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves.”
Days after Gardner announced his candidacy late last month, Weld District Attorney Ken Buck and state Rep. Amy Stephens of Monument both bowed out of the GOP U.S. Senate primary. However, Hill vowed to remain in the race and when Buck moved over to run in Gardner’s now vacant 4th Congressional District seat, he castigated the two men for cutting “backroom deals.”
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