Army vet in Colorado to face off against Coffman in marquee House race

Army vet in Colorado to face off against Coffman in marquee House race
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The Associated Press called the race for Crow at 9:54 p.m. He faced Levi Tillemann, an author and green energy expert who worked in the Department of Energy during the Obama administration.

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Crow, an Army veteran and lawyer with the backing of major players in the party, had been the heavy favorite in his primary. He’s been long touted as one of the party’s top recruits for this upcoming cycle, a candidate who Democrats believe can finally take down Coffman.

But the race drew outsized attention for the Democratic establishment’s apparent favoritism toward Crow. Tillemann turned over an audio recording to a news outlet that showed Rep. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Overnight Health Care: Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit | US shows signs of coronavirus peak, but difficult days lie ahead | Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready 'right around' Election Day MORE (Md.), the second-highest-ranking Democrat in the House, telling Tillemann the party wanted Crow to move forward.

Despite the unwanted media attention garnered by the video, Crow soldiered on, ultimately winning the primary Tuesday night. Now he’ll face off against Coffman, a five-term congressman whom Democrats have unsuccessfully targeted for years.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE lost Coffman’s district by 9 points in 2016, a fact that has boosted Democratic enthusiasm. But Coffman has sought to highlight his independent streak throughout his career, including this cycle, and he's broken with the president on numerous high-profile issues.