Of such general interest is next Tuesday's recall election in Colorado -- and so ubiquitously has the event been characterized as a national "litmus test" or "referendum" -- that it is easy to forget that there are real candidates involved in the process. Invariably, it is the more powerful political forces that garner the attention of the media: the NRA, Michael Bloomberg, "the gun lobby," and the "advocates of stricter gun control" are typically the proxies of choice. But on the ground it is a different story. There, in Districts 3 and 11, the fights are personal, and the larger forces at work are distilled into the candidates representing them. Thus, while Americans fixate on the undercurrent, in Pueblo talk is of "Giron vs. Rivera" and in Colorado Springs the question is whether voters are "for Morse or for Herpin?" It is the answers to these questions, not the national debate, that will ultimately determine the outcome.
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