Gardner schedules “major campaign announcement” at 5 p.m.

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Cory Gardner will make “a major campaign announcement about the 4th District race” at a news conference at 5 p.m. today, his campaign said in a news release just out.

Gardner campaign manager Chris Hansen is mum on the details. But given that the announcement is coming the day after Gardner scored impressive results in precinct caucuses, one likely scenario is that one of his three Republican challengers will drop out and endorse the Yuma state representative.

I’ve reached both Tom Lucero and Dean Madere, and both say they’re staying in the race. I haven’t been able to connect yet with anyone in the Diggs Brown campaign. Brown finished second in the preference poll in both Larimer and Weld counties. I’ve heard speculation in the past couple days that some Republicans have floated the idea that Brown run for the state House District 53 seat currently occupied by Democrat Randy Fischer.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: A knowledgeable reader says Brown lives in House District 52, not 53. That would make a bit more sense than the version of the scuttlebutt passed on to me. District 53 is a historically safe Democratic seat, whereas District 52, currently represented by Democrat John Kefalas, had a Republican representative as recently as 2006.

UPDATE 2: My hunch was correct. Brown did withdraw and endorse Gardner.

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  1. sxp151 says:

    saying, “I’m still in the race”?

  2. Taxosaurus says:

    Not surprising given the suck campaign his surrogates ran while he was on the other side of the world. What’s surprising is that Lucero and Madere are staying in. Maybe not so surprising in Madere’s part since he’s a new kid. But in Lucero’s case? Pathetic. Losing those sweet CU tickets must hurt.

  3. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Is this silliness meaningful in terms of the general election in any way?

    • Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

      Because Brown was the strongest potential challenger to Gardner in a primary. If you don’t have to exert as much effort in winning a primary, you have more resources for a general election.

  4. onebigrepublican says:

    Do the party a favor…let Cory raise the money that he needs!  

    • DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

      You Republicans need at least one sane voice in the primary.

    • jmatt12 says:

      This primary is effectively over.  So, you have two candidates who finished a distant 3rd and 4th in caucus polling (in the parts of the district where the front runner would be weakest).  Is anyone really giving these two also-rans a legitimate chance of getting the nomination.  With Brown out and fully behind Gardner, the national money will begin to come.

  5. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    He was obviously upbeat over the Brown endorsement and feeling good about his prospects.  

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