Boulder's liberal darling Jared Polis, Democrat multimillionaire, is being challenged by Republican attorney and businessman George Leing.
How worried is Polis? Very.
DENVER — When people talk about Boulder Congressman Jared Polis these days, they often focus on his financial backing of ballot measures that would allow local communities greater control of oil and gas drilling or on his leadership ambitions and interest in being named the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
They do not talk much about the possibility that Polis, first elected in 2008, is in danger of losing his seat in November.
But two things have happened that could make the district more competitive: redistricting has shaved five points off the Democratic voter registration advantage in Polis’s Second Congressional District, and Republicans have finally nominated a candidate, businessman George Leing, who seems to better fit the district than Polis’s previous GOP challengers.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has already named Leing to its “On the Radar” program for viable underdog candidates, and new polling from Magellan Strategies shows why.