Colorado - Governor

as of October 29

The Candidates

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John Hickenlooper

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: February 7, 1952
  • Residence: Denver, CO

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Dan Maes

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: January 1, 1961
  • Residence: Evergreen, CO

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Tom Tancredo

  • Independent
  • Birthdate: February 20, 1945
  • Residence: Littleton, CO

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Previous Results

    Colorado Governor (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Bill Ritter DEM 888,096 57%
    Bob Beauprez REP 625,886 40.2%
    Dawn Winkler-Kina LIB 23,323 1.5%
    Paul Fiorino UNA 10,996 0.7%
    Clyde Harkins AME 9,716 0.6%

    U.S. President: Colorado (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 1,288,576 53.7%
    John McCain REP 1,073,589 44.7%
    Ralph Nader UNA 13,350 0.6%
    Bob Barr LIB 10,897 0.5%
    Chuck Baldwin CON 6,233 0.3%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 2,822 0.1%
    Alan Keyes AME 3,051 0.1%
    Bradford Lyttle Pac 110 0%
    James Harris SOC 154 0%
    Gloria La Riva SOC 158 0%
    Brian Moore SOC 226 0%
    Thomas Stevens Obj 336 0%
    Jonathan Allen Hea 348 0%
    Charles Jay Bos 598 0%
    Frank McEnulty UNA 828 0%
    Gene Amondson PRO 85 0%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

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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