Republicans have chosen a challenger for a possible recall election for state Senator John Morse

Morse fighting recall election

DENVER - El Paso County Republicans have chosen a challenger to take on Democratic Senate President John Morse in a recall election.

Party leaders chose former Colorado Springs City Councilman Bernie Herpin Tuesday in an informal straw poll to settle on a single challenger.

Morse was targeted in a recall petition because of his support for gun control measures.

Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to set a recall election between early August and early September. Morse has asked a judge to block the recall election saying the recall petition had a fatal law -- it never mentioned there would be an election to fill the senator's seat, which is required by the Colorado Constitution.

However, the Secretary of State's office disagreed, finding the petition valid.

A second Colorado lawmaker, Angela Giron, is also facing a possible recall election.

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