Patrick Murphy won his U.S. House seat last November by fewer than 2,000 votes. As he prepares to seek a second term, the Florida Democrat has boosted his fundraising to try to win re-election by a wider margin.
Democrats went west in 2008, holding their national convention in Denver as they sought an advantage in a swing state. Though Barack Obama carried Colorado in winning the presidency, two years later the state remains untamed by either party.
The White House said it discussed the possibility of an administration job with a Colorado Democrat in hopes of dissuading him from seeking the party’s nomination for a U.S. Senate seat. President Barack Obama already had endorsed another candidate, incumbent Senator Michael Bennet .
U.S. Representative Darrell Issa , poised to be chairman of the House Oversight Committee if Republicans regain the majority on Nov. 2, accused President Barack Obama today of “playing faster and looser with the rules” than former Republican President George W. Bush .