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Recall effort resurrected against Senator Evie Hudak

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KUSA - Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the capitol, organizers wishing to recall a Democrat in the state senate are back with a name that sounds like an homage to a Hollywood sequel.

"Recall Hudak Too" is the moniker under which a group will re-try to collect enough signatures to recall Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster).

The first effort to oust Hudak was scrapped after this year's legislative session, while gun rights activists focused on recalling Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo).

In a close district, Morse was expected to be vulnerable, but political watchers in Colorado were surprised when Giron lost what was considered to be a safe Democratic seat.

Hudak, who gained the ire of conservatives during the debate over gun control, is not in a safe district.

With a libertarian candidate splitting the vote, Hudak won her seat in 2012 with only a 47 percent plurality, beating Republican Lang Sias by fewer than 600 votes.

Democrats now hold only a one-seat majority in the state senate. A successful recall of a Democrat would be enough to flip control to Republicans.

Hudak would be able to prevent that by resigning, a move that would allow Democrats to pick a replacement.

That's not the only reason you won't see the GOP establishment on board with the recall effort.

"The political establishment is not in favor in general is not in favor of endless elections," 9NEWS political analyst Floyd Ciruli said. "That is to say they recognize the vulnerability both sides have, including Republicans, if this gets established as just another option in the toolbox."

What's most in her favor is the number of signatures required to force a recall election.

Due to high turnout in her last election, it will take 19,962 valid signatures from voters in her district.

Organizers will need to collect well more than that in order to ensure that enough are declared valid.

This year's recall efforts in Colorado Springs and Pueblo employed the use of technology for quality control, checking many voters' registrations on smartphones and tablets before allowing them to sign the petitions. If the petition is successful, the recall election would likely not take place until after the start of 2014's legislative session.

Whatever their game plan, "Recall Hudak Too" has 60 days to get the job done, or the sequel to this year's blockbuster recall story won't be coming to a ballot box near you.

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