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1 Painting the High Plains Blue SOURCE:

2 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense Painting the High Plains Blue The 4 th District of Colorado The Candidates The Campaign The Results SOURCE:

3 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense Painting the High Plains Blue Race / Ethnicity 87.1% White 0.8% Black 1.8% Asian 19.2% Hispanic Occupation White Collar 59.8% Blue Collar 25.8% Median Income $49.8 in district $54.3 in state Partisanship Cook Political Report, Partisan Voting Index, R+6 04 Presidential Vote Bush +17% SOURCE:

4 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense Occupation High school teacher Small business owner Political Experience Fort Morgan School Board, Colorado State House, Colorado State Senate, First Elected 2002 Committees Small Business Agriculture SOURCE: bioguide.congress.gov The Candidates: Incumbent Marilyn Musgrave

5 Table 1. Congressional Vote Scores for Marylyn Musgrave,

6 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense Occupation Small business owner Political Experience Aid to U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, State Department Treasury Department Presidential Management Fellow, 1983 SOURCE: betsymarkey.house.gov The Candidates: Challenger Betsy Markey

7 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense Table 2. Campaign Fund Raising and Spending by Reporting Period in Colorados 4 th District, 2008

8 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Marilyn Musgrave NOTE: Internet access required.

9 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Betsy Markey May Face Jail Time NOTE: Internet access required.

10 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Did Betsy Markey Break the Law NOTE: Internet access required.

11 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Lie Detector NOTE: Internet access required.

12 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Betsy Markey Cheats Women Owned Businesses NOTE: Internet access required.

13 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Scandal NOTE: Internet access required.

14 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Millionaire Markey NOTE: Internet access required.

15 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Markeys National Energy Tax NOTE: Internet access required.

16 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Betsy Markey NOTE: Internet access required.

17 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Change NOTE: Internet access required.

18 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: A Representative We Can be Proud of NOTE: Internet access required.

19 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Campaign Contribution NOTE: Internet access required.

20 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Who Suffers? NOTE: Internet access required.

21 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Campaign: Vote Vets NOTE: Internet access required.

22 Cases in Congressional Campaigns: Incumbents Playing Defense The Results

23 Figure 1. Obama and Markey Performance by County in Colorados 4 th District, 2008

24 Figure 2. Musgrave Two-Party Vote Share by County, 2006 and 2008


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