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While it's pretty clear Democrats have more of a challenge on their hands statewide thanks to Rep. Cory Gardner's (R-Colorado) decision to leave his house seat and run for Senate, Democrats think they have an opportunity in the race he left with no incumbent.
"We want to have a competitive candidate in all districts," State Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio told 9NEWS. "Especially when there happens to be an open seat."
While the district four seat will have no incumbent, it will have a formidable Republican candidate in Weld County DA Ken Buck, who got an injection of momentum from his political switcheroo with Gardner.
Democrats face long odds in the district, which encompasses the Eastern plains and all of the counties that voted
There is currently one declared Democrat in the race: Vic Meyers, a corrections worker from Trinidad, Colo.
"Part of me is surprised, part of me is not," Meyers said of the GOP shake-up.
Palacio says in the first hour since the news broke about Gardner's move, he's seen a flurry of emails suggesting names of other potential Democrats to get in, though he declined to share any names at this point.
"We're going to put our heads together and talk to a lot of folks to see who might be willing to take this on," Palacio said.
Former Congresswoman Betsy Markey, who served one terms as the Representative for the fourth district, has already committed to run for state treasurer.
Markey lost to Gardner in 2010 by a margin of 52-41.
While he mulls other possible candidates, Palacio said he will reach out to Meyers in the coming days to see how he feels.
Meyers told 9NEWS he's staying in the race come hell or high water.
"If another Democrat wants to come along 'Johnny-come-lately,' I guess that's their right," Meyers said. "I'm not going anywhere."