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Senate choice is official

January 04, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. named Denver's public schools superintendent as his choice to fill a Senate vacancy that will be created by the promotion of Sen. Ken Salazar to Interior secretary in the Obama administration.

The move, leaked a day early to the media, surprised many who considered Supt. Michael Bennet, 44, a dark horse candidate for the spot. The Democrat has never campaigned for or held public office.

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