Colorado Democratic candidate’s truck shot while she was in it
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Rebecca Cranston, a Democrat running for a state Senate seat in Colorado, was sitting in her truck last week when the truck was shot.

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the shooting occurred while Cranston was in her driveway. A bullet went through her truck while she was talking on the phone. 

Cranston, who later reported the incident to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, said police were able to retrieve the bullet and are testing the projectile now to determine what kind of weapon fired it.

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A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told the AP that the investigation is still in the initial stages but that the shooting is believed to be random. Investigators are probing other shootings in the area from earlier this year to see if they are related.

It has not been confirmed whether Cranston was a target in the shooting.

Cranston, who is currently running to fill an open state Senate seat representing the region outside of Fort Collins, suggested she may have been targeted due to her campaign.

In an interview with the Fort Collins Coloradoan published on Monday, Cranston accused her opponent's campaign of running an "anything goes" kind of platform and said supporters of Republican candidate Rob Woodward have harassed her before. It is not clear whether Cranston has evidence to support her claims that her opponent's supporters were behind stolen mail and other incidents she said took place earlier this summer. She did not accuse Woodward of having anything to do with the shooting. 

"I don't really feel safe here, frankly," Cranston told the Coloradoan. 

The Woodward campaign offered sympathy to Cranston in a statement to the newspaper.

"That's awful that somebody shot at her car," Woodward’s campaign manager, J.D. Key, told the publication. "That's terrible. I definitely don't wish that on anybody. That's scary."

He also pushed back against claims that they are running a dirty campaign. 

"This idea that we're running some kind of rough campaign is completely not true," Key said. "We're doing the same thing most campaigns are doing: Spending time knocking on doors, having meet and greets and talking to people about the issues."