Michael Bennet defeats challenger Joe O’Dea

Incumbent Michael Bennet has retained his position as Colorado's Senator.
Incumbent Michael Bennet has retained his position as Colorado's Senator.(Kacie Sinton)
Published: Nov. 8, 2022 at 9:57 PM MST
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STATEWIDE, Colo. (KJCT) - Victory has been called for Michael Bennet, Colorado’s incumbent senator since 2009. 2022 marks his thirteenth year in the position.

Bennet describes himself as a pragmatist and independent thinker, highlighting his involvement in bipartisan initiatives like the so called “gang of 8.”

Before his appointment to the US Senate, Bennet worked as a managing director for the Anschultz Investment Company, chief of staff to then-Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, and superintendent of Denver Public Schools.

After completing his bachelor’s degree in history from Wesleyan University in 1987, Bennet went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal.

As of 3 p.m Wednesday, Bennet received 1,061,216 votes, obtaining 54 percent of the vote. O’Dea received 824,838 votes, obtaining 43 percent of the vote.

Third party candidates Brian Peotter, T.J. Cole, and Frank Atwood all received less than one percent of the vote.