Colorado Governor’s Race Close Until The End

November 4, 2014 10:12 PM

Colorado Governor’s Race Close Until The End
" DENVER (AP) – A Colorado governor’s race that few expected to be close enters its final day with neither party able to say with confidence that they’ve gained a clear lead.

For Democratic incumbent John Hickenlooper, Tuesday’s election is the toughest test of his political career. GOP challenger Bob Beauprez is hoping to be the first Republican to win the state’s top office since 2002.

“If you’d asked me six months ago if this would be this close, I would’ve laughed in your face,” said Kyle Saunders, a political science professor at Colorado State University.

Beauprez beat three Republican candidates in a June primary to challenge Hickenlooper.

Many political observers wrote off Beauprez after his disastrous 2006 gubernatorial bid in which he lost by 17 points. But that year, Beauprez faced a Democratic wave with an unpopular Republican president in his sixth year. Now, Hickenlooper finds himself in the same unfavorable political circumstances.

Hickenlooper led recovery efforts during some of the state’s worst natural disasters, with historic wildfires and flooding in 2013 alone. He also has overseen an improving state economy that now has an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent, compared with 9.1 percent when he took office "

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