Buck Congratulates Democrat Bennet on Senate Victory

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday afternoon, Republican candidate Ken Buck offered his congratulations to Senator Michael Bennet on winning the hard-fought race in Colorado. Bennet beat Buck by just one percentage point.

In his statement published on Buck's website, Buck said he made the comments in a phone call to Senator Bennet.

Buck said that while the final margin in the race is very small, Colorado voters have spoken and he wishes Senator Bennet well.

Buck said, “My Senate campaign has been the experience of a lifetime. I will be forever grateful to the thousands of Coloradans who helped make this grassroots journey possible.”

The victory for Bennet allows Democrats to hold onto a seat once viewed a prime opportunity for the GOP to make gains. In a Facebook posting Wednesday morning, Bennet says, "Thank you to everyone who made this victory possible." He then held a news conference, announcing his 48%-47% victory over Buck.

Bennet provided a crucial firewall against further Republican gains in the Senate during midterm elections. Bennet was appointed to the seat last year to replace Ken Salazar, who became Interior Secretary. Bennet painted Buck as too conservative on social issues. Buck hammered away at Bennet's support for the Democrats' agenda in Washington.

The race attracted more out-of-state campaign money than any other Senate contest this year.

In a victory speech, Bennet called it a "race for the record books."

The margin between the two must be more than half of one percentage point to avoid an automatic recount. Otherwise, a candidate has 24 days to request a recount, at the cost of the campaign or candidate that requests the recount.

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  • by depression on Nov 4, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    Those whom don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it? Eight years of greed and two Years using one word "no" but doing nothing else but collect a paycheck and vote for a pay raise? Stock up on food and water...the Mega- Depression is coming....While republican corporate CEOs and bankers write themselves more bonuses for failure.
  • by Katherine on Nov 4, 2010 at 01:20 AM
    Well......I have to agree with Bennet and Brad! If the folks REALLY looked at Michael Bennett IDEOLOGY, they would have maybe thought "this is a slippery slope" he, Obama, and all of Obama's cronies are going to bring this country down, we will look like some of the 3rd world countries that we used to help! This country was built on hard work, dreams, strength of character... not entitlements but hard work to achieve the American Way of life...so yeah Colorado you voted for more taxes, more regulation, more GOVERNMENT in your life1
  • by Anne Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 3, 2010 at 09:29 PM
    Great job Colorado. I am very proud to live in our fine state. Sorry to all the Glenn Beck and O'Reilly fans in Colorado. But that's what you get for letting the tv characters scare you into a state of fear. Remember all things happen for a reason. I am a believer in God and this was HIS choice. God loves all of His children and Buck got what he deserves for being a biggot.
  • by Mario Location: Golden on Nov 3, 2010 at 09:11 PM
    Bennett, when asked if he would support health care even if his constituency overwhelmingly did not support it, replie; yes I would. He did, is this representation?
  • by bennet Location: co on Nov 3, 2010 at 08:47 PM
    Thank You Colorado. What the Hell were you thinking. Though we had learned our lesson, but I guess most of us really don't care about this country anymore. Better pick your pan handling corner now before someone else gets it.
  • by Bill on Nov 3, 2010 at 07:51 PM
    Waaah, look at all them salty repug tears!
  • by dan Location: colo. sprgs on Nov 3, 2010 at 07:35 PM
    those of you who voted for bennet deserve what is coming. for myself i'm i'll be leaving as soon as i can get packed. good-bye
  • by Brad Location: Grand Junction on Nov 3, 2010 at 06:26 PM
    This man was a rubber stamp for Obama! If, any of You who voted for this man, would stop and actually look at where this man's "change," is leading us, You would have vehemently refused him as someone who represents us as Americans! The statement by Edmund Burke is tragically true here, "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." Its time to ask ourselves honestly, are we still Americans living in the land of the free and the home of the brave...or are we really pretenders, a people given the incredible gift of freedom but not knowing the high cost of sacrifice it took to gain that freedom. My hats off to all of You who do truly understand and who voted to fire the Michael Bennett! God bless You and keep op the good fight!!!
  • by Marie Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 3, 2010 at 06:06 PM
    So many people are putting blame on the last two years, but did you all forget that it actually took eight years to dig the hole we are in now? It's going to take a lot longer than that to get out of the eight years of damage. I know Colorado made a great decision and Evan, you are not a lone-wolf, I couldn't have said it better myself-I would rather not pay more taxes.
  • by Marie on Nov 3, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    I guess in politics being a liar and denegrator works. The worst common denominator won this election, fear and hate. Its dispicable that Bennet freely lied and distorted truths, and its a social crime that CO citizens in fear voted for Bennet.
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