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‘Unity’ Rally for Sen. Bennet Features Sen. Udall, DNC Chair Kaine

“It’s an easy call for me, and should be an easy call for you, too”–Andrew Romanoff to Democrats, referring to his endorsement of Sen. Michael Bennet

Andrew Romanoff introduced his erstwhile primary opponent, appointed Sen. Michael Bennet, before hundreds of Democrats and a throng of media on the west steps of the Capitol in Denver. Joined by Democratic state chair Pat Waak, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-7), Democratic National Committee chair Tim Kaine, and Sen. Mark Udall among dozens of elected officials and Democratic activists, the pair of primary foes joined together to bring party “unity” ahead of November’s election.

Rasmussen’s poll for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat released today showed Bennet behind GOP opponent Ken Buck by 5, 46-41. Democrats also appear to be reunifying more slowly than Republicans following a bitter primary.

Battle ‘10 was there to capture the entire rally.

The Denver Post caught Kaine and state Republican chair Dick Wadhams trading rhetorical barbs:

Asked if Democrats are showing weakness by admitting they need a unity rally after a tough Senate primary season, Kaine said it’s the Republicans who should be embarrassed. There’s no unity in sight among Colorado Republicans after bruising intra-party battles between Buck and Jane Norton, and gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes and his opponents.

“It’s not that they don’t need” a unity rally, Kaine said. “They can’t have one. They’re turning on each other right now.”

Kaine said Bennet has “a superb chance” of reaching out to the key constituency in Colorado, the one-third of the electorate that is unaffiliated and wants to see results rather than partisanship.

Colorado GOP chairman Dick Wadhams responded with a nod toward high Republican turnout in Tuesday’s voting. “There is a clear reason why 68,000 more Republicans voted in Tuesday’s primary than Democrats,” said Wadhams said. “Colorado voters see the consequences of the failed Obama-Bennet-Ritter-Hickenlooper agenda.”

9NEWS had a bit more in their news package:

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