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There are a number of possible factors motivating the funders of this activity:
- Keep Colorado’s senate race in the news. Republicans need Colorado to be vulnerable and potentially a pick-up if they are to hold the U.S. Senate.
- Encourage a high-quality senate candidate into the race. George Brauchler is the top target, but there are other possibilities.
- See if the issue can rough up Bennet’s re-election numbers and approval rating.
- Use as a test case for possible application in other states with vulnerable Democrats.
The Iran nuclear agreement is likely to be one of the major issues in 2016 because foreign policy has a Republican advantage and they intend on highlighting it. The issue was a close call for Bennet (he decided late) and remains controversial with at least half the public. Although it’s not clear it will be salient in twelve months from now, it will be on the list.
See 9News: Truth Test: Going nuclear on Sen.Bennet