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March 25, 2012 06:15 AM UTC

Stephens, Liston Have Rough El Paso County Assembly

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Colorado Springs Independent:

County Commissioner Sallie Clark and veteran state lawmakers Larry Liston and Amy Stephens found out Saturday that their years in elected office won’t guarantee them anything in the 2012 primary election on June 26.

At the local Republicans’ county assembly, at Liberty High School, Clark lost the top ballot position for the GOP primary in her bid for a third term in Commissioner District 3 to rookie challenger Karen Magistrelli. Also, after serving the limit of four terms in the state House, Liston was out-voted Saturday in his bid for top billing in a state Senate race by Owen Hill, who never has served in public office.

And in the House race between two incumbents pitted against each other by reapportionment, House Majority Leader Stephens of Monument lost the top primary ballot position to Rep. Marsha Looper of Calhan by a slim margin.

It’s a setback for the would-be frontrunner in the most-watched primary in the state, but we don’t think Majority Leader Amy Stephens should be counted out just yet. We do think, though, that Stephens’ incumbent challenger Rep. Marsha Looper is in a better position to actually win her primary than Owen Hill running against Rep. Larry Liston–this despite the fact that Hill’s margin over Liston was much larger than Looper’s narroow 52-48% besting of Stephens.

Maybe the purity purge mobilization in El Paso County has more legs than we think, but Stephens just seems to have the bigger problem. Deserved or not, she’s the focal point of the GOP’s fight with itself–the sometime embrace vs. struggle against solutions.

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3 thoughts on “Stephens, Liston Have Rough El Paso County Assembly

  1. as a Kardashian story. Not to be confused with Cardassians, which are infinitely more interesting.

    It’s nice to meet neighbors and stuff, but I’m very happy to only have a primary to participate in.

    Anyone counting either Stephens or Looper out is wasting a genie wish or has a very pretty, clear ball on their table.

      1. Fun, or hilarious? Anyhoo. I’m mad this week about phrasing. Grr.

        (I don’t know why that irritated me when I first read it, but it did, so I complained.)

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