AURORA, Colo. (AP) – Colorado’s Democratic governor has endorsed the Democratic challenger in the state’s most competitive congressional race.

Democrat Morgan Carroll announced the backing of Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday. Carroll is a state senator challenging three-term Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado (credit: CBS)

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado (credit: CBS)

The district in Denver’s eastern suburbs has become hotly contested political turf. Redistricting after the 2010 Census made the seat more competitive for Democrats, though Coffman has held on through some close races in the redrawn 6th District.

Coffman announced earlier this year that he would seek a fourth term in the U.S. House instead of running for U.S. Senate.

Carroll has represented Aurora in the state Senate since 2009 and was president of the chamber in 2014, before the GOP took the majority.

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