Colorado Governor (2006)
U.S. President: Colorado (2008)
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Oct 29, 2010
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Lean-D (was Safe-D)
Oct 19, 2010
GOP Fumbles Are Good News For Dem
If anything, the story here may be that Tom Tancredo, the former Republican congressman and presidential candidate who is running on a third-party line, may finish ahead of the GOP nominee, Dan Maes. NPR's Jeff Brady says that it is not out of the realm of possibility that Maes could finish with less than 10 percent of the vote, making the GOP officially a "minor" party in the Centennial State. The Democratic nominee, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, is all but assured of winning. -Ken Rudin
Aug 19, 2010
In Colo., A Clear Path For Hickenlooper
Republicans had long been talking about retaking the governorship that they relinquished four years ago when Bill Owens was term limited. The state budget was a mess, incumbent Bill Ritter's relationship with his fellow Democrats not much better, and the GOP was rallying behind Scott McInnis, a former congressman, who had a clear lead over Ritter in the polls.
Since then, nothing has gone right for the Republicans. Ritter decided not to run again, and popular Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper became the uncontested Democratic nominee. McInnis, meanwhile, got caught up in a plagiarism controversy. And as McInnis found his once-clear path to the nomination threatened by businessman Dan Maes, a Tea Party favorite, the GOP faced a further complication by the decision by another former Republican congressman, Tom Tancredo, to run as a candidate of the far-right American Constitution Party.
Meanwhile, the plagiarism charges proved more damaging than McInnis or anyone else expected; Maes won the primary in a 51-49 percent upset. And while Maes and Tancredo battle over who is the real conservative in the race, Hickenlooper is coasting. -Ken Rudin
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