Ken Salazar narrowly defeated Pete Coors in 2004. Colorado has experienced a shift in politics, with the Democratic Party making significant gains throughout the state in 2006. There has been talk by activists on the left of launching a primary challenge to the centrist Salazar. Republican Former Governor Bill Owens, who won't run in 2008 for the Senate, may run this time around, as might retired football quarterback, Republican John Elway, who hinted at a future run for office despite choosing not to run in 2008. Other possibilities would be former Republican Presidential Candidate and sitting Congressman Tom Tancredo, Secretary of State Mike Coffman and former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton.
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