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YIKES!  ET TU, COLORADO?  Well, maybe.  The once sure-thing re-election of Democratic Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado has become less sure and more of an unknown thing.  Never expected this.  From Fox: 

Real Clear Politics has shifted its prediction of a hotly contested Senate race in Colorado from leaning toward Democratic victory to a "toss up" as several high profile races across the country continue to tighten with Republicans hoping to take back control of the chamber next week.

On its updated election prediction map, Real Clear Politics now shows the race between Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet and his challenger, Republican construction magnate Joe O’Dea, is classified as a "toss up" after previously being viewed as "Leans Dem."

"Voters are angry and they know who caused the problem — they’re fed up and eager for change," Joshua Marin-Mora, deputy press secretary for the O’Dea campaign, posted on Twitter in response to the news on Friday.

"When you're talking about the issues that affect working Coloradans, that's what's moving the needle," O'Dea told Fox News Digital in a statement. "We're talking about record inflation, record crime, and diesel that's over $5 a gallon. That's what matters to working Americans, and that's why we're going to win on Tuesday."

The Real Clear Politics average of Colorado polls shows Bennet with a lead of 5.3% which is far tighter than polls in August and September that showed Bennet up by double digits.

O’Dea has targeted Bennet on his ties to President Biden’s economy as voters across the country have told pollsters that inflation is their main concern heading into the midterm elections. Additionally, O’Dea has focused on illegal immigration, including during a visit to the southern border this week when he accused Democrats of "doing nothing" to address the ongoing migrant crisis.

Bennet has pushed back on O’Dea’s characterization of his record and called the Republican challenger a "liar" in a recent debate.

COMMENT:  O'Dea is an anti-Trump Republican, and his dramatic rise thus comes without a Trump endorsement.  I still think it's a long shot for O'Dea, but the pattern of his progress mirrors that of many other Republicans:  Once voters heard the Republican side, an impressive number signed on, especially in the last two months.  Republicans have run a good, issues-based campaign, and they've listened to the voters.  They also are building an incredible presidential bench for the 2024 campaign.   Donald Trump's renomination is far from assured.

Compare please to the Democratic Party.  Who have they got for president in 2024?  I hear silence.  Oh wait, someone just said Hillary Clinton.

November 4, 2022