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Ken Buck secures GOP nomination in CD4 House race

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By The Staff

GREELEY — After one failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and a scuttled campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Mark Udall this fall, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck is now set for the general election ballot in the U.S. House race in Congressional District 4.

Buck won the Republican nomination in the June 24 primary election for CD4, besting state Sen. Scott Renfroe, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer and Steve Laffey for the nod. Unofficial returns had Buck totaling 32,421 votes (44.1 percent), followed by Renfroe with 17,564 (23.9 percent), Kirkmeyer with 12,060 (16.4 percent) and Laffey with 11,342 (15.4 percent).

Buck will face Democratic nominee Vic Meyers, who ran unopposed, in the November general election.

Buck was first elected to serve as Weld County District Attorney in 2004 and has served as the county's top prosecutor since then. In 2010 he won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate race over former lieutenant governor Jane Norton, but went on to lose in the general election to Sen. Michael Bennet.

Buck previously had announced his intentions to seek the Republican nomination for the 2014 U.S. Senate race in a bid to unseat Udall, but opted to instead seek the CD4 nomination upon the announcement of current CD4 Rep. Cory Gardner deciding to forego a re-election bid and instead vie for the Senate seat. Gardner won the GOP Senate nomination unopposed.