Nov 022004
Authors: Jesse McLain

Incumbent Republican Marilyn Musgrave defeated Democratic

challenger Stan Matsunaka and held on to the 4th Congressional

District of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Musgrave was not present at Republican Party celebrations in

Denver or Fort Collins. Her supporters were pleased with her


“As a Republican, I’m very excited about Marilyn Musgrave and

I’m disappointed with some of our local races,” said Sue Sharkey, a

Larimer County Republicans executive board member.

Around 10:15 p.m., Matsunaka took the stage at the Larimer

County Democrat Headquarters when the winner of the House race was

still undecided.

“We got us a barn-burner. It’s good for us because we’re closing

the gap,” Matsunaka said. “I can’t tell you how proud I am. We’ve

won precincts we’ve never won before. No one thought we had a

chance at all.”

At 10:20 p.m., Robert Lawrence, a CSU political science

professor, thought Musgrave would pull out a win in the


“The 4th Congressional District is one of the most conservative

districts in the country so she’ll win; but you notice it’s not by

near as much as she won last time,” Lawrence said. “I think some of

the moderate Republicans that voted for her last time might be

concerned about the (gay marriage) constitutional amendment.”

In 2002, Musgrave beat Matsunaka by 13 points. In Tuesday’s

election, she managed a seven-point win, according to


*Collegian reporters Brian Park and Lila Hickey contributed to

this story.

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