Colorado tests reach of Democrats’ ground game

Colorado is shaping up as a key test of whether the Democrats’ edge in turning out votes can prevent a disastrous midterm election for the party.

Sen. Mark Udall trails his challenger, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, in recent polls. But Democrats say the past shows the game is not yet lost: Sen. Michael Bennet also was behind in 2010, but used a robust turnout operation to win.

Now Bennet chairs the Democratic group that invests in the party’s Senate candidates, including big voter turnout efforts. In Colorado, Democrats have an added boost from new election regulations that allow universal mail-in balloting and let citizens register to vote through Election Day.

Still, Republicans in Colorado and elsewhere say they have also stepped up their own ground game.

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