Gardner victory ends GOP drought in Colorado

November 5, 2014 9:52 AM

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GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Republicans ended their decade-long drought on big wins in Colorado on Tuesday after Rep. Cory Gardner defeated Sen Mark Udall in an election that served as a test of whether the GOP would win in a diverse, fast-growing swing state.

A two-term congressman who was considered one of his party's rising stars even before his dramatic entry into the Senate race eight months ago, Gardner was ahead of Udall 50-44 with nearly 90 percent of expected votes counted.

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