Sarah Murray --- The Wall Street Journal
A heated Senate race in Colorado might just be a sneak preview to see which party has what it takes to win the presidency in 2016.
It’s the only Senate race where two candidates, Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, are battling for the voters that decide presidential races: suburban women, Latinos and a lot of independents.
In the last few election cycles only Democrats have been able to nail the combination of appealing candidates and an aggressive ground game to win statewide.
This year, Republicans are looking to take a page out of the Democratic playbook. And they have momentum on their side. Republican voters are more energized. President Barack Obama‘s approval rating has fallen. And, in Mr. Gardner, the GOP has a polished candidate, hand-selected by national Republicans.