ICYMI: Here's a quick recap of last night's gubernatorial, senatorial debates

Lynn Bartels --- The Denver Post

Thursday was a big night in Colorado politics with a U.S. Senate debate in Pueblo and a governor’s debate in Fort Collins just days before ballots are mailed to voters.

It was the third time this week the Senate candidates met; their Denver Post debate was Tuesday. A look at Thursday’s debate:

The Pueblo Chieftain: Like boxers who ignore the bell, Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner kept after each other Thursday night in their Senate debate, tangling over birth control, immigration, the Affordable Care Act and terrorism. Story here.

The Associated Press: Sen. Mark Udall and his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, clashed in the most raucous debate yet of their neck-and-neck race Thursday night, arguing over which of them was too extreme to represent the state and angling for the slightest advantage days before mail-in ballots begin to arrive at voters’ homes. Story here.

The Colorado Springs Gazette: It was a fun U.S. Senate debate in Pueblo, a break from the tense public exchanges candidates Mark Udall and Cory Gardner had in Grand Junction and Denver this election season. The crowd at the Action 22 debate was noisy as people cheered and sometimes heckled, but neither candidate let the raucous behavior get under his skin. The candidates shot barbs back and forth in a debate that allowed for lots of rebuttal. Story here.

The governor’s race:

The Coloradoan: Gov. John Hickenlooper and the challenger for his seat, Bob Beauprez, faced off in a debate Thursday night in a county with more unaffiliated voters than those registered with a party — but did they do anything that would stick out and sway that mass electorate? “Not really,” Colorado State University political science professor Kyle Saunders said. “I think it was playbook versus playbook.” Story here.

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