District Attorney George Brauchler’s decision to sit out the Senate race in Colorado is the latest in a string of blows to the GOP's chances in a key 2016 swing state.
Brauchler announced Wednesday that he would run for reelection as DA in his judicial district instead of challenging Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet. The news was first reported by KUSA-TV in Denver.
National Republicans’ first choice for the race, Rep. Mike Coffman, said in June that he wouldn't run statewide, party leadership turned its attention to Brauchler, who just this summer finished prosecuting the high-profile murder case of Aurora movie theater shooter James Holmes. Brauchler met with members of the Colorado congressional delegation and made himself available for numerous interviews over the last few weeks as he deliberated his future.
“Despite the overwhelming support and encouragement that I received over the past few weeks, I have decided that now is not the right time for me and my family for me to make a run for the United States Senate," Brauchler said in a statement provided to National Journal. "I have decided instead to seek reelection as the district attorney for the 18th Judicial District."
A Republican operative familiar with Brauchler’s decision said “serious family health issues” were recently discovered, noting “It is a very sad situation."