Rocky article failed to mention Fawcett candidacy

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A Rocky Mountain News article about the candidates running in the upcoming Republican and Democratic primaries in Colorado's 5th and 7th congressional districts identified the lone Republican candidate in the 7th but did not name the lone Democratic candidate in the 5th, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Jay Fawcett.

An August 7 Rocky Mountain News article about the candidates running in the August 8 Democratic primary in Colorado's 7th Congressional District and the Republican primary in Colorado's 5th Congressional District identified the lone Republican candidate in the 7th, Rick O'Donnell, former executive director of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. However, the article did not name the lone Democratic candidate in the 5th, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Jay Fawcett.

News reporters Javier Erik Olvera and Dick Foster reported that the winner of the three-way race in the 7th District Democratic primary "will go up against Republican Rick O'Donnell in the Nov. 7 general election." Yet, when reporting on the 5th District Republican primary in the same article, Olvera and Foster did not mention that the winner will face Fawcett in the general election.

In contrast to the News' coverage, an August 5 Denver Post report on the 5th District race noted, "The winner of Tuesday's primary will face Democrat Jay Fawcett, a retired Air Force veteran, in the November general election."

From the August 7 Rocky Mountain News article:

The three candidates in the Democratic primary for the 7th Congressional District are stepping up their pace as they enter the final hours of the highly watched race.

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The winner in the race -- which has made headlines across the country -- will go up against Republican Rick O'Donnell in the Nov. 7 general election.

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In Colorado Springs, the most contested race in 20 years for retiring Rep. Joel Hefley's 5th Congressional District seat was winding down much as it began - with three Republican candidates locked in a battle for the lead and three others trailing.

Even political analysts won't pick a leader among three front-runners, State Sen. Doug Lamborn, Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera and Hefley's former administrative aide and endorsed successor, Jeff Crank.

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Other candidates in the race also worked to coax out supporters Sunday.

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Bentley Rayburn went to an American Legion picnic. Former El Paso County Commissioner Duncan Bremer walked precincts.

Former El Paso County Sheriff John Anderson took a campaign break to attend a meeting in Denver on the Middle East.

On Monday, the 5th District candidates said they will work phone banks and join "honk and wave" demonstrations at malls and intersections. All will attend a round-table discussion on Colorado Springs radio station KVOR in the afternoon.

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