Coffman, Romanoff face off in historic Spanish debate for Aurora congressional seat


DENVER | The two candidates for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District in Aurora are facing off in a historic Spanish-language debate in what’s seen as the most expensive and contentious race in the country.

Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff, left, is gently pushed by his opponent, Republican incumbent Mike Coffman as he answers question about differences between the candidates during taped debate in the race for the seat in Colorado's 6th Congressional District in the studios of Channel 12 in Denver on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Romanoff and Coffman are vying for the seat in the most competitive House race. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Organizers say the encounter Thursday between Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and his Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff will be the first time two congressional candidates who are not of Hispanic descent have debated in Spanish. The debate for the Aurora-area congressional seat will be at the Univision studios in Denver.

The district is very diverse. Coffman has tacked toward the center on immigration issues and has been studying Spanish. Romanoff worked in Costa Rica as a Peace Corps volunteer and is fluent.

Both sides point to polls showing the race is extremely close, but that their candidate has an edge. Democrats said at rallies this week that they are using unprecedented resources to reel in votes for Romanoff. Republicans said they, too, are using ground-game strategies unusual for that party.

The debate begins at 5 p.m. They Aurora Sentinel will have live and ongoing coverage of the debate.

— The Associated Press contributed to this story