BREAKING: Tom Tancredo Out of Governor’s Race

Just kidding!

UPDATE: Ernest Luning has more for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman:

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo is ending his bid for the Republican nomination for Colorado governor on Tuesday because he hasn’t raised the money he believes would be necessary to win an expensive election against a wealthy Democrat willing to spend millions on his campaign, Colorado Politics has learned.

“I do not want to win a primary and lose a general, and I fear that was where we were going,” he told Colorado Politics in an interview. [Pols emphasis]

“Even though I’m the front-runner — you make it through a primary, and then all hell breaks loose, you have millions upon millions of dollars spent attacking you, and you can’t respond, you don’t have the resources to respond. It appeared to me the goal — winning the general, that was the main goal — and it does not appear to me to be feasible.”

One of nine announced GOP candidates for governor, Tancredo has led the pack by wide margins in every publicly available poll. He’s run for governor twice before — in 2010 as a third-party candidate, when he lost to Democrat John Hickenlooper but received more than three times as many votes as the Republican nominee, and in 2014, when he came in second in a four-way Republican primary.

Tancredo’s rationale for ending his campaign is…strange. The former Congressman got into the Governor’s race last fall because he thought he was the only Republican candidate who could win in a General Election. Tancredo had been under a lot of pressure from fellow Republicans to exit the race, but that’s nothing new for him, either.

Tancredo was not doing particularly well on the fundraising front, but as the GOP frontrunner heading into the state assembly, he didn’t really need a lot of money to make sure his name got onto the ballot.

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We’ll certainly have more to say about this developing story:

13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. RepealAndReplace says:

    WHY? WHY? WHY?

    I am devastated. Perhaps Trump is going to appoint him ambassador to Mexico. Or to Saudi Arabia.

    Moderatus will be doing a little dance this afternoon.

  2. Moderatus says:

    Called it weeks ago. None of you listened. Once again your transparent attempt to divide Republicans has failed. We are smarter than you. And you have no candidate who can defeat our REAL candidates.

    Sorry not sorry!!!!!

    • spaceman65 says:

      You are smarter than I?  Yeah, right.  But we can both agree that we are glad Tanc is gone.  Although for very different reasons

    • unnamed says:

      Right.  The people of Colorado want the vapid (won't be the nominee) Cynthia Coffman or the douchy Walker Stapleton.  You fascists want the Governor's office?  You're welcome to try.

      Btw, still waiting for real answers to my questions moron.

      • Pseudonymous says:

        Walker's not very bright, but for most folks he's a blank slate for them to lay their beliefs on, and he has a ton of cash.  Sound like anyone currently serving in the Senate from this state?

        • unnamed says:

          Gardner in 2014 had likeability.  And the environment.  Based on what I know, Stapleton does not.  In many respects Stapleton is closer to Beauprez. Also, many Republican Gubernatorial candidates will have the albatross of Trump's unpopularity hanging around them.  Trump is not popular here and I don't see that changing.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Yep.  Congratulations, Fluffy, Coffman now moves up a notch . . . 

      . . . from last place to last place.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Fluffy, how much did you lose yesterday in the market?

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    In a related story . . . 

    . . . George Brauchler may or may not now reconsider his withdrawal.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    This announcement creates way more questions than answers, for instance: . . . 

    . . . What happened to all the “crazy money”?

    . . . So, where’s the “crazy money” supposed to go now??!??

    . . . Can I still donate my peso to Tanc?

    . . . Do Tancredo supporters get to keep their hoods?

    . . . Who’s Tanc think he’s fooling by pretending to act rational?

  5. Genghis says:

    Alt headline:

    Tom Tancredo saves Colorado GOP from nominating Tom Tancredo

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