Report: GOP recruiting state Rep. to challenge Udall

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According to local news site ColoradoPols.com, Republican strategists in the state are urging her to run in a race that currently lacks any likely GOP contenders.

Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerInvestments in research and development are investments in American jobs EPA won’t pay Colorado county for some mine spill costs The Trail 2016: Trump applies presidential polish, Cruz adds VP MORE's (R-Colo.) decision not to run, though expected, left the state party struggling to find a candidate to challenge Udall.

Stephens formerly worked for conservative group Focus on the Family lobbying on conservative issues, including abstinence education and anti-abortion-rights issues.

But she also drew the ire of some Tea Party supporters in the state when she sponsored a bill to create health insurance exchanges in Colorado, a key component of ObamaCare.

The purple tint of Colorado has given some Republicans hope they'd be able to mount a challenge against Udall in 2014, but he maintains high popularity in the state and has posted strong fundraising numbers so far this year, sitting on $2.5 million for his reelection fight at the close of the first quarter.

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