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  Allard’s Silence on ‘08 Breeds Speculation
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Last EditedEric  Jan 12, 2007 12:02am
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News DateFriday, January 12, 2007 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionColorado Republican Sen. Wayne Allard says he has decided whether or not he will seek a third term in 2008 — but he isn’t ready to share it just yet.
“Stay tuned,” he told Congressional Quarterly reporter Daphne Retter Thursday. The senator declined to elaborate further, other than to say that only he and his wife know what he has decided.

Allard’s musings, though circumspect, will only heighten anticipation in Colorado and in the suites of national party strategists as they prepare for the 2008 campaign for control of the Senate.

Among those watching with the greatest interest is five-term 2nd District Rep. Mark Udall, who established even before his 2006 House campaign that he planned to run for the Senate in 2008.

The possibility that Allard might not run again has long been the subject of speculation. The winner of a 5 percentage-point victory over Democrat Tom Strickland in 2002, Allard is a supporter of term limits and had promised to serve no more than two six-year terms — a pledge Democrats are demanding that he keep.

The senator also does not have a bulging treasury. As of Nov. 27, Allard had just $122,000 cash on hand in his Senate campaign account.

Allard is the product of a period of Republican dominance in Colorado that has waned of late.

Though President Bush carried the state over Democratic challenger John Kerry by 5 points in 2004 — the GOP’s ninth victory in the past 10 state presidential votes — the Democrats made major gains elsewhere that year. Ken Salazar won an open Republican Senate seat; his brother, John Salazar, won an open Republican House seat; and the Democrats took control of both state legislative chambers.

The Democrats compounded those advances in 2006, when Bill Ritter won to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Owens; Democrat Ed Perlmutter won another open Republican House seat, giving his party a 4-3 edge in the state’s delegation; and the party increased its majorities in the state
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