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02/25/2016 03:38 pm ET Updated Feb 25, 2017

State Senator Says Trump No Longer One of Her Favorite Candidates

We're not seeing much support for Donald Trump from local politicians, but there's one Colorado Republican who was openly saying Trump was one of her two favorite presidential candidates.

State Sen. Laura Woods (R-Westminster), named Trump last month, along with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, as her two favorite candidates.

Here's what Woods had to say in January about Trump on KNUS 710-AM's Saturday morning show, hosted by Chuck Bonniwell and Fox 31 Denver's Julie Hayden:

BONNIWELL:  Well, have you decided who you like in the primaries - the Republican primaries for president?

WOODS:  For president. I have narrowed the field.  You know, I attended the debate in Boulder, and it really helped me to see that anyone of these up on that stage would be better than the three running on the other side of the ticket.   [...]  So, I at least wrapped my mind around the fact that, you know, -- whichever Republican gets the nod, I will vote for that Republican. But my favorites are Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

BONNIWELL:  Yeah! Those are mine, too.  That's who I like, too.

Listen here to Woods on KNUS Jan. 16.

After I posted this transcript, a free-market blogger, Ari Armstrong, tweeted at Woods, "Say it ain't so @SenLauraWoods - Trump? (I can see "least disfavorites" this year but not favorites.)"

Woods replied, "I like Cruz, but will support whichever Republican gets the nomination."

I asked if Cruz was still Woods' first choice and Trump her second pick, since they were Woods' top two before.

Woods tweeted in response, "Cruz is first choice. Any R is my 2nd choice."

I asked Woods if there was a specific reason she soured on Trump, and she tweeted, "No specific reason."

Woods may be the only elected Republican in Colorado who's come out in support of Trump, as a favorite presidential candidate, then dropped him.

It would be interesting to know what the evolution of her thinking was, but you have to wonder how supporting Trump, who's called for deporting all undocumented immigrants and has made numerous derogatory comments about women, would fly in Woods' Westminster swing district, where women and Hispanics are key voting blocs.

Experts say Woods' November election race will likely determine whether Democrats control Colorado state government next year.

Democrats already hold the governor's office and the state house, while Republicans have a one-seat majority in the state senate. Woods' seat is widely seen as the battleground where the GOP's majority will stand or fall.