August 11, 2004


Coors, Salazar Win Colorado Senate Primaries (Steven K. Paulson, August 11, 2004, The Associated Press)

The great-grandson of beer baron Adolph Coors handily won the Republican primary for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat, triggering a face-off with the state's Democratic attorney general this fall. In Georgia, a Democrat became the first black candidate ever nominated to the U.S. Senate from that state.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, Peter Coors, on leave as chairman of Coors Brewing Co., had 170,581 votes, or 61 percent, and former Rep. Bob Schaffer had 110,692 votes, or 39 percent.

On the Democratic side, Attorney General Ken Salazar had 144,953 votes, or 73 percent, and educator Mike Miles had 52,362 votes, or 27 percent. Salazar, who toured the state with a cowboy hat and a populist message, said his victory proves he has statewide support. [...]

In Georgia, first-term Rep. Denise Majette crushed a millionaire businessman to win a Democratic runoff for the seat being vacated by retiring Georgia Sen. Zell Miller. She became the first black candidate ever nominated to the U.S. Senate in Georgia.

Majette will be a heavy underdog against GOP Rep. Johnny Isakson in a state that has tilted Republican in recent years.

Setting up a hold in CO and a pickup in GA.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2004 8:58 AM

Replacing Zell Miller would only be a statistical, not strategic, pickup.

Posted by: MB at August 11, 2004 10:20 AM

He voted for Daschle for leader.

Posted by: oj at August 11, 2004 10:36 AM

Having Daschle as leader for a few months helped expose Democratic obstructionism. I'm sure Daschle's performance as leader helped bring Zell over to the Republicans; and probably other moderate Dems too.

Posted by: pj at August 11, 2004 11:35 AM

Too bad that Dylan Glynn lost in GA's 8th runoff.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 11, 2004 12:36 PM

Mr. Salazar had better hope, given the 80,000 vote difference between Democrat and Republican totals, that Rep. Schaffer's supporters will all cross over.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at August 11, 2004 12:38 PM

Schaeffer was the red-meat movement candidate for the conservatives. He also led Coors 46-45 among the most likely voters in the last poll before the vote. Unlikely that Schaeffer people will go Dem, and Bush atop the ticket will at least get them to the polls. Unless he took campaigning lessons from Jack Ryan, Coors will be brewing up a win.

Posted by: AC at August 11, 2004 12:48 PM


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