|6th Congressional District Race
|The anniversary of the Columbine tragedy has put a spotlight on Colorado's 6th Congressional District race between Republican incumbent Tom Tancredo and Democrat challenger Ken Toltz. As part of its coverage, CNN featured the race and one of its top issues: gun control.
In the April 12 CNN report, pollster Floyd Ciruli said, "As the home of Columbine High School, nearing the first anniversary of the tragedy, gun control will be the top issue in the race." Ciruli noted that "the district leans Republican, but 34 percent of the voters are unaffiliated and many Republican voters strongly support proposed gun control measures."
The April 12 CNN special on 6th Congressional District featured the impact of Columbine on the gun control debate.
CNN Anchor Wolfe Blitzer opened the piece by calling Colorado's 6th Congressional District "ground zero" for the national gun debate. Pollster Floyd Ciruli pointed out the importance of the gun issue due to the "6th district being the home of Columbine High School as it nears the first anniversary of the tragedy."
While the district leans Republican the race will be hard-fought, and Republican incumbent Tom Tancredo must run an effective campaign. "How Tancredo manages the gun control issue will decide if he can get into the mainstream of a moderate Republican district or be vulnerable to the label insensitive' or extremist.'"
However, Ciruli pointed out Democrats need to be cautious about how they use the horrific image of Columbine. "Democrats including President Clinton must be cautious using Columbine for their own agenda. The public is very sensitive to politicians exploiting the issue."
Rocky Mountain News May 1, 2000
"This is a race where a half-million is the absolute floor - and it looks like its going to wind up to be a case where each candidate raises a million" said political consultant and pollster Floyd Ciruli to the Rocky Mountain News.
"This is going to be like the 2nd Congressional District (two years ago, when spending exceeded the $3 million mark)."
"Money isn't just for campaigning," Ciruli said. "Over the last decade, the definition of what to do with money is different. Money can be banked for a future race. You can use it to help other candidates to build good will."
"And if you're ambitious and want to be a player in this state - an individual with political clout - being able to raise money and have a good war chest are very important tools."
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