El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn won the Colorado Republican primary on Tuesday, easily defeating his challengers for the chance to face off against Democratic incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet in the fall.
Glenn took 37 percent of the vote, while the former athletic director for Colorado State University Jack Graham came in a distant second with 25 percent. Businessman Robert Blaha came followed with 16 percent, while combat veteran Jon Keyser finished fourth with 13 percent.
Glenn gained momentum after delivering a fiery speech at the GOP state convention in April, allowing him to secure a position on the ballot with 70 percent of the vote. Each of the other candidates made the ballot by collecting signatures. Keyser was dogged by controversy after it was discovered a subcontractor working for his campaign forged 10 signatures.
Glenn opened the speech declaring himself an "unapologetic Christian, constitutional conservative, pro-life, Second Amendment-loving American!"
"But there is more! Ladies and gentlemen, there is evil in this world," he said. "But if you believe like I believe, we can handle that! You need to understand that there are radical Islamic terrorists out there and we have an administration that has failed to identify the enemy! America needs to step up and lead for once—we need to take back our country!"
An Air Force veteran, Glenn was a Tea Party favorite who earned the backing of Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Sarah Palin, and the Senate Conservatives Fund.
Glenn faces an uphill fundraising battle, with only $50,000 cash on hand during the last reporting period, compared to Bennet’s $5.7 million. The Senate Conservatives Fund spent $500,000 on Glenn’s behalf leading up to the June 28 primary.
"It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, you care about your country," Glenn said. "You care about energy independence, and you care about the fact that when you start thinking about what we need to do from a policy standpoint to enjoy economic prosperity, that’s what we’re going to focus on in this race."