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State Senator Evie Hudak resigns ahead of recall threat

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KUSA - State Senator Evie Hudak announced on Wednesday that she will be resigning.

Hudak released the following statement:

As Thanksgiving approaches, constituents, supporters and friends of State Senator Evie Hudak will gather to recognize her years of service and accomplishments on issues ranging from protecting domestic violence victims and the elderly to expanding jobs and creating educational opportunities for all children. This morning, Senator Hudak submitted her letter of resignation to the Secretary of the Senate.

READ her resignation letter here:

Hudak was being targeted for a recall as a response to her support for new gun control laws, a tactic that earlier this year ousted two state legislators for the first time in Colorado history.

The first effort to oust Hudak was scrapped after this year's legislative session, while gun rights activists focused on recalling Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo).

In a close district, Morse was expected to be vulnerable, but political watchers in Colorado were surprised when Giron lost what was considered to be a safe Democratic seat.

Hudak, who gained the ire of conservatives during the debate over gun control, was not in a safe district.

With a libertarian candidate splitting the vote, Hudak won her seat in 2012 with only a 47 percent plurality, beating Republican Lang Sias by fewer than 600 votes.

Democrats now hold only a one-seat majority in the state senate. A successful recall of a Democrat would be enough to flip control to Republicans.

Hudak preventing that by resigning, a move that will allow Democrats to pick a replacement.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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