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Of course, the Bush campaign claims Kerry didn't really answer the right question.

ABC News Vote 2004: today's primaries: In Colorado, the sudden retirement of Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell triggered an Illinois-esque scramble to find a Republican candidate. Some party leaders settled, ultimately, on former Rep. Bob Schaffer — then they settled on millionaire beer magnate Pete Coors. But Schaffer didn't quit and the primary quickly turned into a nasty brawl between two wings of the party.

Then Coors tracked to the right, trying to court conservative voters. When learning that his company paid for employee abortions, he urged his corporate officers reverse the policy. An outside group supported by Schaffer backers has attacked Coors in television ads for "supporting the radical homosexual agenda." The Christian Coalition mailed thousands of fliers to their members highlighting the Coors Brewing Company's support for gay rights. In turn, the Coors company has taken out ads distancing themselves from Coors' support for the amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.

The Democratic primary hasn't been clean, either, despite the early endorsement of a talented candidate, Attorney General Ken Salazar. He's facing Mike Miles, a liberal school administrator, who embarrassed him a state party gathering earlier in the year. The two have sparred on bread and butter issues, with Miles generally critiquing Salazar for being too close to lobbyists and Salazar accusing Miles of support impractical and economically dangerous ideas.

Activists on both sides are excited about the presidential race and are tugging at their party's establishment leaders to listen to them.

National Democrats believe that Salazar can boost Senator John Kerry's chances for an upset win in Colorado in November, in part by drawing record turnout of Hispanic voters. National Republicans believe that although their favored candidate Pete Coors can spend as much of his own money as he wants, the divisive primary may hurt his chances for the fall. They'd have to spend their own money to help Schaffer. Regardless, they're confident that George W. Bush will keep the state Republican on election day.

In addition to the big Senate primary at the top of the ticket, "all Denver voters are eligible to decide an issue that would ban circuses from displaying exotic animals in their shows … " LINK

"'Let your voice be heard. And don't forget to take your ID with you,' said Secretary of State Donetta Davidson, who predicted turnout will be as high as 35 percent. That compares with 10 percent turnout in the 2000 primary and 11 percent in 2002," reports the Denver Post on today's Colorado primary. LINK Today's Georgia Senate primary run-off features Rep. Denise Majette and businessman Cliff Oxford. Oxford probably has a better chance of making the race competitive with Republican nominee Johnny Isakson in the fall if only because he can spend his own money.

In the 8th Congressional district, State. Senator Lynn Westmoreland faces Dylan Glenn, who, if he survives the run-off today, would be the only black Republican in Congress (assuming he defeats his Democratic challenger in November).

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