It ain’t over ’til it’s over, but the Eastern MSM is projecting that Soros mini-me John Hickenlooper will win the Colorado gubernatorial race.
WaPo reporting with 10 percent of precincts in:
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has won the Colorado governor’s race after a campaign in which the GOP nominee imploded and a third-party candidate made a late surge.
Hickenlooper is a former brew pub owner who benefited from the collapse of GOP nominee Dan Maes. Immigration hard-liner Tom Tancredo got in the race as a third-party candidate and couldn’t overcome Hickenlooper’s widespread popularity.
Maes won the Republican primary but suffered a series of campaign gaffes, including questions about his murky law enforcement history and his views on U.N. global warming conspiracies involving bicycles in Denver.
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper took the early lead in the Colorado governor’s race as the first returns came in tonight.
Hickenlooper was leading with 51.7 percent, or 181,589 votes. Tom Tancredo of the American Constitution Party was pulling 38.1 percent, or 133,643.
That sample is considered too small to be statistically significant. Still, at least 400 people packed into the Pinnacle Club broke into hoots and applause every time the giant TV screen showed Hickenlooper ahead in early returns.
Republican Dan Maes was drawing just 8.8 percent of the vote (31,087). The stakes are high: The Colorado GOP falls to minor party status if Maes garners less than 10 percent of the vote.
And the state Colorado GOP will deserve whatever comes to them.
The Tancredo surge was a miraculous campaign. Tancredo pulled together a wide coalition in a matter of weeks, kicked a well-oiled fund-raising operation into gear, attracted local and state GOP leaders and devoted taxpayer/limited-government/immigration enforcement/libertarian activists, and added big-name endorsements that came in late in the game. But it wasn’t enough to overcome some loyal Republicans’ reluctance to vote outside their partisan comfort zone.
Long-term lesson: Tea Party groups need a systematic, reliable mechanism for fully vetting candidates to avoid another Maes mess.
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