GOP Begins Whittling Colorado Governor Hopefuls

April 11, 2014 6:49 PM

GOP Begins Whittling Colorado Governor Hopefuls
" DENVER (AP) – Seven Republicans are vying for the right to challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper this fall, including two former congressmen and the secretary of state.

But not all seven will make it to a primary vote in June.

Colorado Republicans will start whittling the list of nominees Saturday at their statewide assembly, held this year in Boulder.

WHO WON’T BE THERE

The candidates include former U.S. Reps. Bob Beauprez and Tom Tancredo. Both have powerful bases of support, but they’ve also both run unsuccessfully for governor in the past. So Beauprez and Tancredo are scrambling to convince fellow Republicans that they can take down Hickenlooper.

Both have submitted petitions to earn a place on ballots and won’t be participating Saturday.

DOMINIC DEZZUTTI’S BLOG: Tancredo’s Signature Approval Could Change The GOP Race

Tancredo’s petition already has been certified as sufficient to make June primary ballots, making him the first Republican with a guaranteed spot. Beauprez’s petition awaits certification from state elections officials, though his campaign appears certain to have met the threshold.

Tancredo and Beauprez supporters at the assembly could determine the remaining slate "

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