CD-5 Congressional Race Among the Top 50 in the Country to Watch

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National Journal’s Hotline pegs Fawcett race one of the nation’s crucial Congressional campaigns. Jay Fawcett’s campaign for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District continues to draw growing interest. This week, The National Journal’s widely-watched Hotline publication elevated the race to one of its top 50 House races to watch in its 2006 House Race Rankings.

Jay Fawcett’s campaign for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District continues to draw growing interest. This week, The National Journal’s widely-watched Hotline publication elevated the race to one of its top 50 House races to watch in its 2006 House Race Rankings.

“This is another reflection of the fact that Republicans, Independents, and Democrats alike are embracing Jay’s pro-family, pro-America message,” said Wanda James, Fawcett’s campaign manager.

The CD-5 race is joined by two other Colorado Front Range Congressional races, which are also being closely watched by Hotline -- Colorado 07 and Colorado 04. According to the editorial staff at the National Journal’s Hotline for a Congressional race to make it in the top 50 races to watch a number of criteria are examined. Items, which are taken into consideration to determine a “hot” Congressional race, are polls within the district, current news from the district, ads about the candidates, demographics, the likely-hood of a seat changing parties, and whether or not the seat in contention is an open seat. The rankings are updated weekly until the end of the election. The editorial staff compared the Hotline rankings to that of the college football rankings and how races will go up and down depending on congressional district factors.

According to Kate Bedingfield, a spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), “Jay Fawcett is running an aggressive campaign for change and Colorado families are responding to his call for a new direction in Washington, DC.”

With the campaign season in full swing and less than six weeks to go until the mid-term elections on November 7th, the Fawcett campaign continues to build momentum each week.

About Jay Fawcett

Colorado Springs resident Jay Fawcett is a graduate, former professor, and a former headquarters’ squadron commander of the Air Force Academy. He was deployed in the first Gulf War serving in Desert Shield and the initial helicopter assault into Iraq during Desert Storm. Fawcett was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions. At Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, Jay served on the staff of the Deputy Commander for Operations of Air Combat Command. In 1998, after serving his country in combat and during the Cold War, Lt Col Fawcett retired from the Air Force and began working as a defense contractor including support of US Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base.

Fawcett’s broad appeal -- his military background and small business experience -- cuts across traditional political boundaries. He has been endorsed by individuals and organizations that represent the needs and wishes of the people of CD-5, including the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the former Supreme Allied Commander; The Retired Enlisted Association Senior Citizens League, VETPAC, organized labor and a number of leading Republicans in CD-5.

For more information on Jay and his campaign, visit http://www.fawcett4congress.com/.

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