Thursday, September 23, 2010

Colorado's CD-7: Frazier vs Perlmutter

When Colorado picked up a seventh seat in Congress after the 2000 Census, a judge designed the new district to be winnable by both parties. Worked like a charm, too: in four contests, the Republicans and Democrats have won two times each.

The other thing you need to know about the design of Colorado's seventh District is that after the judge completed his work, astute observers looked at the map and thought: That's perfect for Democrat Ed Perlmutter.

And so it was. Perlmutter has won the seat twice, and he's looking to make it three in a row. Born and raised in the Denver suburbs, which dominate the district, Perlmutter, 57 — an attorney whose family poured the concrete that built a fair part of the district — has a deep feel for the low-key, pragmatic style of politics that tends to win there.   More -

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