Republican Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, running in what observers say will be one of the costliest and hardest fought campaigns in the country, won’t be able to count on one vote that most married candidates can take for granted — his wife’s.
Cynthia Coffman, herself a candidate for Colorado Attorney General, lives in a different district than her husband and can’t vote for him, according to the Denver Post.
Mike Coffman, however, can vote for his wife for the statewide office if, as expected, she wins the GOP nomination over state Rep. Mark Waller on June 24.
She currently works in the AG’s office as chief deputy attorney general.
According to a spokeswoman for Cynthia Coffman who spoke to the Post, the couple owned separate homes before they were married and, because Mike Coffman is often in Washington, D.C., Cynthia Coffman continued living in her house, which she said is closer to her office in Denver.
Mike Coffman is in one of the most competitive Congressional races in the country, facing Democrat Andrew Romanoff, and can use all the votes he can get. His is seat is targeted by Democrats, who want to take as many as 17 seats in the House.
“Nancy Pelosi is not going to add 17 seats without getting this one,” Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli told the Post in January. “It’ll be one of the most heavily fought races in the country. It’ll be highly negative. I have no doubt about that.”
Colorado’s 6th Congressional District was once a safe harbor for conservative candidates and Coffman won it handily in 2010. But the district was redrawn in 2011, making it much more competitive. Coffman only eked out a re-election in 2012 by 2 points.
“There are very few seats in the nation politically so close and competitive as the 6th District,” former state GOP party chairman Dick Wadhams told the Post.
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