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Nov 4, 2010 8:16 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Bennet got plenty of help retaining seat

DENVER (AP) - Michael Bennet can't take all the credit for his upset win over Republican Ken Buck, the tea party favorite who cast himself as the outsider in the contest.

Bennet had plenty of help: from a Democratic party that poured millions into attacking Buck as an extremist, from two former presidents and a popular first lady, and from Colorado's independent-minded voters.

With 97 percent of the projected vote counted Wednesday, Bennet led Buck by about 15,400 votes out of 1.4 million cast. Bennet wasn't widely known when Gov.

Bill Ritter appointed him last year to finish the term of Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar, who became Interior Secretary. He said Wednesday that he realizes that most people thought Ritter had lost his mind when he made the appointment.

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