DENVER (AP) — Colorado is one place where Democrats are hoping to punish Republicans for the death of immigration legislation.
Most Republicans are competing in states and districts with small immigrant populations. But Colorado's Hispanics comprise 14 percent of the voting population.
The state is a rare chance for Democrats and immigration activists to demonstrate the political risks of inaction on the issue.
They are targeting two House Republicans. First is Rep. Cory Gardner, who is challenging Democrat Sen. Mark Udall. Second is Rep. Mike Coffman who is being challenged by Democrat Andrew Romanoff.
Both Republicans support citizenship for people brought here illegally as children who join the military. Both have spoken generally about the need for a change. But they would not support the Senate bill that creates a path to citizenship.