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Colorado Republican And Democrat Senate Candidates Announce Q2 Earnings
Joe O'Dea... DENVER, CO - JUNE 28 : Joe O'Dea, a construction company CEO and first-time candidate for office, second from right, celebrates the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate over state Rep. Ron Hanks with his family at Mile High Station in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Celeste, wife, right, daughter Tayler Freund, second from left, and Taylers husband David, left. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post) Hyoung Chang / Contributor Photo by Hyoung Chang/Contributor/The Denver Post via Getty Images
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Joe O’Dea, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Colorado, brought in less funds than his opponent incumbent Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) for the second quarter of 2022, but he’s still in the game.

O’Dea raised around $2 million in the second quarter of this year, half of which he personally donated, according to Axios reporting. Democratic incumbent Senator Michael Bennet is bringing in heavy funds in the blue state, as well, but the funding on the Republican side is keeping O’Dea afloat and making him more competitive against the high levels of support that Bennet has in Colorado, per Axios.

The O’Dea campaign will report bringing in $1,988,917 for the second quarter of 2022, per a release from the campaign website. O’Dea’s campaign noted on its website that “more unaffiliated voters cast Republican ballots than ever before in Colorado history.”

“Nothing in life has ever been given to me. I prefer it that way—working hard. Taking zero for granted. This primary was no different and that’s okay; I’m running to be a voice for working Americans—to bring common sense to D.C.,” O’Dea said. “No political party will own me and I’ll work with anyone to move Colorado forward.”

Incumbent Senator Michael Bennet raised $3.3 million during the past three months, and has $8 million, according to Politico. As of now, O’Dea’s campaign has around $840,000 to use as it gets ready for the general election in November.

Georgina Beven, a spokesperson for Bennet, told Politico his campaign “is energized for the road ahead; Michael and his team are working hard, taking nothing for granted.”

During the primary, Democratic organizations spearheaded funds in an attempt to highlight O’Dea’s primary opponent, Ron Hanks, with high hopes that Hanks would win and be an easy opponent for Bennet in November because he was seen as very conservative. However, their efforts were ultimately not successful and resulted in O’Dea still winning the primary and getting ready to take on Bennet in the fall. Democrats spent $10 million in their efforts to boost Hanks, and O’Dea’s campaign raised more than $1.1 million in the same time period, per the campaign.

O’Dea is the CEO of a construction business in Colorado and has never run for office. His campaign website noted that he is in favor of term limits, balancing the budget, and is against higher taxes. O’Dea has said he is in favor of abortion in early stages and the choice “should be left up to the woman and her doctor early on in a pregnancy or in cases of rape, incest or medical reasons.” He is against abortion in later stages pregnancy and does not support any taxpayer money going towards abortion.

“I’m telling you right now, the country is not a hundred percent pro-life, it’s not a hundred percent pro-choice I believe in balance. That’s where I’m at,” O’Dea said.

Bennet has served in the Senate for 13 years and ran for president in 2020. He pointed out the problems of inflation in an interview recently, but deflected, pointing to difficulties that existed before inflation hit.

“Even before we had inflation that’s so tough for families in Colorado,” Bennet said, per Colorado Public Radio, “We were dealing with dramatic increases in the cost of things like housing, healthcare, higher education and early childhood education.”

In his acceptance speech when he won the primary, O’Dea said, “Michael Bennet has been Biden’s wingman at every turn. Bennet votes with Biden 100 percent of the time,” adding, “Look, I love my wife Celeste more than life itself. But I don’t even agree with her 100 percent of the time.”

According to tracking by Project FiveThirtyEight, Bennet does tend to vote with President Joe Biden 98% of the time.

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