Perhaps they couldn’t find anyone who wanted to spend 11 months pounding the pavement only to be pounded at the ballot box, but Democrats in the Fifth Congressional District so far have no candidate running for Congress.
The one candidate who was running at one point, and who is still listed on the Federal Election Commission’s Web site (which I reported last week), had quit the race without warning or reason in late December.
Bob Evans III wrote in a release two days before New Year’s Eve:
“I began this campaign because I believed that the effectiveness of our educational system and our stewardship of the environment will determine the economic and social status of our children. The foundation of this campaign has been FDR’s Second American Bill of Rights as stated in his 1944 State of the Union Address. I thank all of you for your support and invite you to join me in the critical battle to make these ideals a reality.”
Perhaps he wanted to enjoy New Year’s worry-free.
In 2010, incumbent U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn obliterated his Democratic challenger by more than a two-to-one ratio, 65 percent to 29 percent.
In 2008, Lamborn won with about the same crushing margin.
In 2006, even though it was Lamborn’s first Congressional race, he still beat the Democrat in the race by 19 percent.
And before that, Rep. Joel Hefley, R-Colorado Springs, ruled CD-5 for two decades, from 1987 to 2007, before retiring.
It’s simple math: as of February this year, there were just under 200,000 Republicans in CD-5 and, and Democrats are about half that.
If I were a betting man, I’d say the odds of a Democratic candidate are fair, but if one does emerge, I’d bet he raises about as much as a Domino’s Pizza delivery guy makes in a summer.