Battle over flood aid roils Colorado Senate race

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DENVER (AP) — One year after record-setting floods devastated Colorado, the disaster is taking center stage in the state's U.S. Senate race.

Democratic Sen. Mark Udall is hitting Republican Rep. Cory Gardner for hurting flood recovery during last year's government shutdown. Gardner's campaign is charging that the incumbent is politicizing a tragedy.

During the 16-day federal government shutdown, Colorado had to pay for flood recovery efforts out of its own strapped coffers.

Gardner's heated response shows how potent the shutdown issue remains. It also shows the stakes in the tight race.

Polls show Gardner and Udall are neck-and-neck. Republicans need a net gain of six senate seats in November to win control of the chamber.

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