- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Darryl Glenn, who won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Colorado on Tuesday night with 37 percent of the vote, has hit the ground running with an aggressive campaign.

He is a former Air Force officer, a national collegiate powerlifting champ and a man who repeatedly says, “I am the Democratic Party’s absolutely worst nightmare.”

Mr. Glenn won his race with a small, all-volunteer staff and a scanty $50,000 campaign budget, and he’s now set to oppose Democratic incumbent Michael F. Bennet.

“I am going to beat Michael Bennet like a drum,” Mr. Glenn predicted in a new voter outreach.

“I am a black conservative Republican running for the United States Senate against one of the most vulnerable Democrats in America in 2016. This race is the best chance Republicans have to pick up a seat and keep control of the Senate,” the candidate continued.

Mr. Glenn, who graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and most recently served as a local county commissioner, describes himself as an unapologetic pro-life Christian and a constitutional conservative. He supports Second Amendment rights, a strong national defense and also holds a master’s degree in business and a Juris Doctor from New England School of Law.

The nominee has already won endorsements from Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, Senate Conservative Fund President Ken Cuccinelli, plus talk radio mavens Mark Levin and Erick Erickson, among others.

“For many years now, the Democrat Party has sold the black community a bill of goods. Every single year, they know they cannot run on their record, so they try to make these campaigns about identity politics. I have had it with the Democratic Party and the extreme liberal activists that run it. The policies liberals have advocated for the past 30 years have not helped African-Americans one bit. They haven’t helped any Americans,” Mr. Glenn advised.

Some predict his path on the campaign trail could get rocky; the demands of fund-raising for someone viewed as an “anti-establishment” candidate can be complicated.

“As Donald Trump has shown this year, running against the party hierarchy can pay dividends in a Republican primary. But like the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, Glenn now faces the challenge of trying to defeat a well-connected Democrat without the full strength of his party behind him — at least for now,” wrote Mark Matthews and John Frank, political analysts for the Denver Post.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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