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GOP Senate District 15 candidate Nic Morse wins endorsement from state Sen. Owen Hill

January 29, 2018 Updated: January 29, 2018 at 1:06 pm
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photo - State Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, is endorsing fellow Republican Nic Morse in the GOP primary for the open Senate District 15 seat in Larimer County, Morse’s campaign said Monday. (Ernest Luning, Colorado Politics file)
State Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, is endorsing fellow Republican Nic Morse in the GOP primary for the open Senate District 15 seat in Larimer County, Morse’s campaign said Monday. (Ernest Luning, Colorado Politics file) 

State Sen. Owen Hill is endorsing fellow Republican Nic Morse in the GOP primary for the open Senate District 15 seat in Larimer County, Morse's campaign said Monday.

"I have great relationships with Republicans all around the state, and that is how I know Nic is the right guy to represent Senate District 15," said Hill, who is serving his second term representing El Paso County's Senate District 10, in a statement.

"He is someone who supports traditional energy development, traditional family values, believes in opportunity for the individual and a strong future for the Republican Party. I'm proud to endorse Nic Morse for Senate in District 15. Nic has the energy, passion and commitment to Republican values that will create the fresh bench and forward-looking vision we need in the Senate."

Morse, who lost a 2016 bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Jared Polis - a Democrat running for governor in this year's election - said he also supports Hill's primary bid challenging GOP incumbent U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn in the 5th Congressional District.

"I met Owen during the 2016 campaign and we hit it off immediately," Morse said in a statement. "As the voice of Senate Republicans in Colorado, Owen has led the way in creating opportunity in the state for energy development, traditional family values and being the future of the Republican Party. I'm honored to receive his endorsement and look forward to growing the cause of individual liberty with him."

Morse is facing fast-food restaurant owner Rob Woodward in a primary for the seat held by term-limited state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, a candidate for state treasurer. The heavily Republican Senate district encompasses nearly all of Larimer County, except for the city of Fort Collins.

While he trailed Polis by almost 20 points in 2016, Morse tallied more votes in the Democratic-leaning congressional district - 170,000 - than any previous Republican nominee. He briefly mounted a campaign for state treasurer but stepped aside a year ago, saying other opportunities had come up.

Democrats Rebecca Cranston and former Loveland City Councilman Ralph Trenary are also running in Senate District 15.

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