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Buck wins Colorado GOP Senate nomination

Tea party favorite Ken Buck has defeated former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton to clinch Colorado's Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.
Image: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck gives his acceptance speech to supporters in Loveland, Colorado
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck gives his acceptance speech to supporters at an election night party in Loveland, Colorado after he defeated Jane Norton in the Republican primary election Tuesday, August 10.Rick Wilking / Reuters
/ Source: The Associated Press

Tea party favorite Ken Buck has defeated former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton to clinch Colorado's Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

The vote Tuesday was seen as another blow to politicians with close connections to Washington. Norton was endorsed by GOP leadership and co-chaired John McCain's presidential campaign two years ago in Colorado.

Buck, a Weld County prosecutor, was little known before he began courting tea party groups more than a year ago. He trailed Norton in fundraising but used his law enforcement credentials in vowing to crack down on "criminals" at home and in Washington.

Buck stumbled recently after being caught on tape deriding tea party supporters and telling a voter to choose him "because I do not wear high heels."

He now faces Sen. Michael Bennet in November.