Former U.S. Congressman Bob Schaffer, overwhelming winner of last month’s Mount Virtus Republican straw poll, dropped the news at last week’s Teller County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner: he will be running against Mark Udall for Wayne Allard’s open U.S. Senate seat. Schaffer’s decision shows me at least a couple things:
1) He has cleared the primary field of any potential opponents and received assurances of support from most or all of the Republican players.
2) Internal polling gives him a respectable chance to defeat Udall next November.
Expect a formal announcement soon.