Colorado Senate Results: 2022 Midterm Elections

If O’Dea were to win, the Republicans would take a seat. Bennett has not won by majorities in his previous Senate races. Both Trump and Mr. Biden have higher disapproval ratings than their approvals in Colorado.

O’Dea, the CEO of a construction company he founded 30 years ago, campaigned on inflation and his support for abortion access. He focused on the economy and blamed Democrats for inflation and frequently pointed out that Bennett voted for the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package this year.

Senator Michael Bennet and Joe O'Dea
Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado, a Democrat (left); and Joe O’Dea, Republican candidate for the US Senate.


Bennett, meanwhile, pointed to O’Dea’s opposition to “late” abortions — the Colorado Sun reported that the Republican backed a 2020 Colorado ballot petition to ban all abortions after 22 weeks. But O’Dea says he supports abortion rights during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, a far more moderate view than most Republican candidates. Colorado residents rejected the 2020 ballot measure banning abortions after 22 weeks by a 60-40 margin. Colorado was also the first state to pass a law legalizing abortions in 1967, six years before the Roe v. Wade.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called O’Dea “the perfect fit for the nature of your state” at a Colorado fundraiser for him in July, according to Axios. At the time, he added, “I wanted to dispel any idea you might have that we’re not going to play Colorado.” But the contest remains one of the lowest-cost Senate battleground races in the nation, with Bennet outscoring O’Dea by a 2-1 margin on the ads.

In 2020, Bennet launched an unsuccessful presidential bid, dropping out after the New Hampshire primary.

It wasn’t until October that some of the biggest national names were involved in the campaign. That month, President Joe Biden traveled to Colorado to designate a national monument with Bennet, and O’Dea attended a Texas fundraiser hosted by former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush.


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