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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Musgrave/Paccione Race to the Wire

Denver Post:

4th: Close race in GOP country
By Kieran Nicholson
Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Last Updated:11/07/2006 09:55:10 PM MST

The hotly contested race for the 4th Congressional District appeared to remain tight going into Tuesday's voting, as neither major candidate has been able to build a significant lead over the other, according to recent polls.

Incumbent Marilyn Musgrave, a Republican from Fort Morgan, and challenger Angie Paccione, a Democrat and state representative, have pounded each other with a succession of negative television ads, as the race has tilted from leaning Musgrave to virtual toss-up.

"It looks like it's up in the air," said John Straayer, a political science professor at Colorado State University.

Eric Eidsness, a former Republican who ran on the Reform Party ticket, is a third-party candidate in the race.

Going into the final weekend of campaigning, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee pumped $500,000 into television advertising behind Paccione, while President Bush stumped for Musgrave in Greeley in an attempt to rally votes for the two-term congresswoman.

The district has about 421,000 registered voters, according to state records, with 168,738 registered Republicans, 106,681 Democrats and 141,109 unaffiliated voters.

Marilyn Stephens of Loveland, a Republican, crossed party lines and voted for Paccione, she said, and her husband did the same.

"We're trying to balance the power that is in right now," Stephens said.