Hiedi Heidi Ganahl found a way to make this all even weirder:
Republican gubernatorial candidate
Hiedi Heidi Ganahl is not exactly projecting confidence ahead of Tuesday’s Primary Election showdown with Greg Lopez:
New: Heidi Ganahl won’t host a public watch party tomorrow. She’ll watch with “family and supporters at a home in Cherry Hills.”
It’s closed to press, but campaign says she’ll still do interviews.
Greg Lopez’s party will be at Deep Space in Parker. Cash bar & light snacks.
— Andrew Kenney (@AndyKnny) June 27, 2022
This is a pretty amazing declaration by ANY campaign, let alone one that was supposed to be the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for Governor. It is very uncommon for high-profile campaigns to refuse to host an Election Night party to gather and thank supporters. The only other example of this we can think of occurred in 2016, when then-Senate hopeful Jon Keyser made it known that he planned to watch his own defeat in private. Here’s what Republican pundit Kelly Maher said at the time about Keyser’s announcement:
“That’s a really bad sign. The only reason to not have an event is if you have some information that doesn’t point to a favorable outcome.”
As we wrote in 2016, even Scott McInnis held an Election Night party in 2010 when he knew he was going to lose the GOP Primary for Governor.
This is a terrible look for the Colorado Republican Party even if Ganahl ends up winning the nomination tomorrow. That the real action for Republicans on Tuesday will be at some place called “Deep Space” is a joke that writes itself.