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Degette Wins 9th Term Representing Denver In DC

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U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) takes the stage during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate.  (credit: CBS)

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) takes the stage during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s longest-serving member of Congress has won a ninth term in the House.

Rep. Diana DeGette easily defeated Republican challenger Danny Stroud on Tuesday.

DeGette was the clear favorite in the overwhelmingly Democratic 1st Congressional District, which includes the entire city of Denver.

The 1st District became a bit less Democratic after 2010 redistricting. It now includes the communities of Sheridan, Englewood and Cherry Hills Village, bringing more Republican voters.

But it still has the highest percentage of registered Democrats of any Colorado district at 45 percent. The court that drew new congressional districts did not describe DeGette’s as competitive.

DeGette was first elected in 1996, succeeding Democratic Rep. Patricia Schroeder.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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