DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s longest-serving member of Congress is seeking a ninth term in the House.

Rep. Diana DeGette faced a challenge Tuesday from Republican Danny Stroud. DeGette was a 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.

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