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
© Greg Nash

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 HoyerOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Dems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Winners and losers in the border security deal 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 TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration 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.