Evie Hudak resignation ends recall campaign
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The recall of Colorado Senator Evie Hudak (D) ended abruptly today when Hudak publicly announced her resignation. Hudak resigned less than a week before the petition filing deadline in her recall, when supporters needed to turn in nearly 19,000 signatures to take the recall to ballot. Two days prior to her resignation, organizer Mike McAlpine told a radio host that his group had reached “92 percent” of its target number of signatures for the recall. Hudak, initially targeted for recall in May along with former Sens. John Morse (D) and Angela Giron (D) but the recall effort was suspended. Following the successful recalls of Morse and Giron, organizers submitted a new petition against Hudak in October. Both recalls stemmed from her support of gun control legislation earlier this year.
By resigning her seat, Hudak avoids the possibility of a Republican-controlled senate. Hudak's seat will be filled by a Democratic vacancy committee, who will appoint a replacement. The new senator will represent Hudak's district until November 2014, when he or she must win re-election. Hudak could have waited until up to five days after the Colorado Secretary of State verified petition signatures, but did not want to risk a judge overturning her resignation and forcing the recall to the ballot. Those advising Hudak advised her not to take that risk, given that Morse and Giron each lost multiple court challenges during their own recalls. Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp (D), whose house district overlaps Hudak's senate one, is pegged by some as an early favorite to assume the vacant seat. It is not confirmed, however, whether Kraft-Tharp would accept the appointment.