Horrible News for Democrats: Republican Cory Gardner Defeats Incumbent Senator Mark Udall in Colorado

cory-gardnerIn what was probably one of the best hopes for Democrats to keep the Senate, Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Udall has lost to Republican challenger Cory Gardner in Colorado.

Being that Colorado is viewed as a left-leaning “swing state,” it was vital for Democrats to hold on to this seat if they stood any chance at maintaining majority control in the Senate. This greatly increases the chances that Sen. Mitch McConnell is set to become the next Senate Majority Leader.

While states like Kentucky and West Virginia were most likely never going to go to the Democrats, many experts had put the ultimate emphasis on this race (as well as the Senate race in New Hampshire) as a “must-win” for the Democratic chances to keep the Senate.

And heading into this election, like the other toss-up races, polls showed a near statistical tie in the weeks and months leading up to the vote.

But ultimately liberals didn’t show up to vote and Republicans won another election that they probably shouldn’t have won.

And another Democratic candidate who shunned President Obama has fallen. Further solidifying my belief that the biggest mistake many Democrats made this election year was cowardly running away from the president.

This is horrible news for liberals and Democrats. We had to have this one and we didn’t get it. Not only that, but this race was pretty easy to call as Gardner’s victory was declared fairly quickly after polls closed.

But this is what most liberals expected, a bad night for Democrats. And we’ve still got a long way to go.

The lesson that every liberal needs to take away from tonight is simple: When we don’t vote, we lose. And every liberal who didn’t vote this election essentially voted for a Republican by their absence. Because they gave Republicans exactly what they wanted.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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