According to Fox31 Denver, state Sen. Owen Hill is looking into the race.

“We’re talking about it,” he said. “Both political parties right now seem like they’re locked in the past. We need innovators. We’re toying with [a run for Senate] and talking about how we can be innovators, wrestling with ideas of the future.”

The 31-year-old state senator said he plans to make a decision in the next couple of weeks, but admitted that “there’s no way I ever thought we’d be wrestling with this now."

Colorado Republicans have hoped to launch a challenge against Udall, charging that the closeness of the 2012 presidential and 2010 Senate races — a Democrat won both, but by single digits — means the state remains competitive for Republicans.

But their top-tier recruit, Rep. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerGOP senator calls on China, 20 other countries to cut ties with North Korea Week ahead: Crunch time for defense bill’s cyber reforms | Equifax under scrutiny It is time to make domestic terrorism a federal crime MORE (R-Colo.), opted out of the race, and a handful of other possible contenders decided against a run as well.