Ugly campaign fliers hit Northwest Colorado |

Ugly campaign fliers hit Northwest Colorado

Lynn Bartels/The Denver Post

A GOP Senate primary that was expected to get down and dirty has lived up to its billing, with attack campaign mailers hitting mailboxes in Northwest Colorado at about the same time mail ballots went out.

Rep. Randy Baumgardner is challenging Sen. Jean White, of Hayden, in the GOP primary for Senate District 8.

Outside groups are paying for the mailers, which rip the two lawmakers for their votes in the Legislature.

"There's nothing you can do about the third-party groups. They do what they do," Baumgardner said. "Hopefully people will not respond to untruths."

Their race is one of 20 Senate seats up for election this year but only one of six contested Senate primary races. The winner of the June 26 primary faces Democrat Emily Tracy in November.

The negative piece against White features a photograph of two men kissing and targets her vote last year and this year in support of a bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.

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"Protecting Colorado's families isn't Jean White's priority," the mailer states. "She's joining Denver liberals attacking traditional marriage in Colorado."

The mailer, which most voters received on Monday, was paid for by Public Advocates for the United States, a conservative Washington, D.C., group.