Colorado Republican getting primary challenge

BY MALLORY SHELBOURNE - 04/02/17 01:27 PM EDT

Read the original article in The Hill here.

A Colorado state senator will challenge Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) in the 2018 Republican primary.

Owen Hill, a Republican from Colorado Springs, told The Colorado Statesman on Thursday that he will try to wrestle the Republican nomination from Lamborn.

“We are not getting the representation we need, we are not getting the leadership we need, and so more and more people are saying we need a different option,” Hill told the ColoradoPolitics.com.

Hill previously launched a bid for the United States Senate in 2014, but dropped out of the race to support then-candidate Cory Gardner.

A spokesman for Lamborn’s campaign told the website that the congressman “looks forward” to earning his constituents’ votes again.

“This is a free country and people are welcome to run for any office they wish,” spokesman Jarred Rego told the website. “Congressman Lamborn trusts the wisdom of the Republican primary voters in the 5th Congressional District. On average, over his time in Congress, they have decided to re-nominate him with 65 percent of the vote. He looks forward to working hard to earn their votes once again.”

Lamborn has served in Congress since 2007.