GOP Ready To Pick Challenger To Gov. Hickenlooper

June 20, 2014 8:22 AM

GOP Ready To Pick Challenger To Gov. Hickenlooper
" DENVER (AP) – No matter who Republicans pick as their party’s candidate in the primaries Tuesday, they are expected to face an uphill battle In their quest to unseat Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

It’s a matter of whether the GOP chooses to go with familiar faces with previous failed gubernatorial candidacies -— former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, who was crushed in his 2006 bid, and firebrand Tom Tancredo, a former Congressman known mostly for his hard-hitting stance on illegal immigration — or less experienced members of the party’s political establishment. Those candidates are current Secretary of State Scott Gessler, the only candidate in the field to have previously won a statewide race, and Mike Kopp, the former state Senate Republican leader.

Beauprez lost to Democrat Bill Ritter by 17 points in 2006. Tancredo lost to Hickenlooper in 2010, when Tancredo briefly switched parties and ran as the Constitution Party nominee over displeasure about the GOP pick that year: Dan Maes, a political newcomer and tea-party favorite who only got 11 percent of the vote in the race "

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