Earlier this year, Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Golden) declared his candidacy for Governor. Just weeks later, the official candidate called a special announcement event to make public his decision to withdraw from the race, citing his lack of “fire in the belly” to continue campaigning. At that same event, Mr. Perlmutter reiterated that he would not seek re-election to the House. With that, four Democrats hopped into the open seat congressional race, including a former US Ambassador and three state legislators.
Late last week came word that Perlmutter is yet again re-considering his political plans and is reportedly leaning toward reversing course yet again, this time to stay in the House. It now appears the rumors are accurate, as the Congressman has scheduled another political announcement for Monday. It is presumed that he will declare for a seventh term in the House. It is further presumed that at least the three sitting state legislators will end their congressional quests and return to running for their current positions. The Perlmutter move will reduce the current number of 2018 regular cycle open seats to nineteen.
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