Democrat Michael Bennet wins the Colorado Senate race

Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet will win Colorado’s Senate election, ABC News has predicted.

Bennet ran against Republican nominee Joe O’Dea as he sought a third term for the chamber.

Polls showed that O’Dea, the owner of a Denver-based construction company, always had an uphill battle when it came to overthrowing Bennet. According to the FiveThirtyEight poll average, Bennet was ahead of O’Dea throughout the race, and for the past few days, Bennet has led by nearly 10 percentage points.

Bennet was a strong advocate for Democratic gains after serving 13 years in the Senate. In this cycle, he specifically promoted the Inflation Reduction Act, the bipartisan Gun Safety Act, and the CHIPS Act to invest in domestic computer chip production.

During the closing debate, Bennet pushed back O’Dea’s claim that he was an “ineffective” senator.

“That’s completely wrong,” Bennet said. “This has been fact checked. I’ve written 101 bills that got passed, 82 of them with a Republican co-sponsor, and that’s just the ones I wrote, not the ones I co-sponsored or the ones I worked on.”

PHOTO: Senator Michael Bennet answers reporters' questions after casting his ballot at Washington Park in Denver on November 2, 2022.

Senator Michael Bennet answers reporters’ questions after casting his ballot at Washington Park in Denver on November 2, 2022.

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Meanwhile, O’Dea posed to Colorado voters — who backed President Joe Biden by about 14 percentage points over Donald Trump in 2020 — as a political maverick who would put the country above the party.

“Michael Bennet is Joe Biden’s Yes Man,” O’Dea tweeted last month. “I am my own man. I will always put America first.”

In their debates, the two candidates clashed over abortion, crime and the economy.

O’Dea broke with most of his party’s candidates on abortion rights during the cycle and brought some support to Roe v. Wade, however, opposed abortions after 20 weeks except in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother.

“I don’t think Joe O’Dea should be in this hospital room when she makes that decision,” Bennet countered during one of her debates. The Democratic senator supports the Colorado law passed this year, which fully guarantees the right to abortion.

Bennet also repeatedly linked O’Dea to Trump, telling the audience in her most recent debate that O’Dea voted for the former president twice. Since then, O’Dea had said Trump should not run in 2024 and has dismissed his lies about the 2020 election.

“Three weeks before the Colorado general election, Joe, you changed your mind and said you were going to work against him. What changed during this general election?” Bennet said at their last face-to-face meeting.

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