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Elise Thatcher reports on the 3rd CD for Morning Edition.
Our week-long coverage of the congressional races continues today with a look at Colorado’s third Congressional district. It is the state’s largest, covering much of the Western Slope and parts of Southern Colorado including Chimney Rock, the country’s newest national monument.
Colorado’s vast 4th Congressional District is nearly as big as the state of North Carolina. But it now includes different territory then incumbent Republican Cory Gardner won two years ago. Noticeably absent is Larimer County – which redistricting excluded last year. But that’s not stopping Democrat Brandon Shaffer from trying to make inroads in a solidly conservative electorate.
This November Colorado will be one of three states deciding whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Supporters of Amendment 64 have raised more than a million dollars for their campaign. There’s also broad opposition to the measure.