CO Gov: Tancredo Enters Race, Could Toss Election to Democrat John Hickenlooper

Ken Rudin:

You should get out of the race for governor, former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) told Colorado Republicans Scott McInnis and Dan Maes last week, if polls show that you can’t beat Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper in the November election. And if you don’t, I’m going to run as a third-party candidate.

McInnis and Maes, battling each other in the Aug. 10 primary, refused. Today … Tancredo joins the race as a candidate of the American Constitution Party.

Of course, Tancredo — who served in the House as a Republican for five terms and sought his party’s presidential nomination in 2008 on an anti-illegal immigration platform — has to first register with his new party. But that’s just a formality.

McInnis, a former congressman who had been his party’s frontrunner for gov., has been under a barrage of criticism over plagiarism charges… Once upon a time, back when Bill Ritter (D) decided to retire, Republicans were confidently predicting they would take back the governorship. But between the McInnis woes and the increasing negativity in the Senate contest between Jane Norton and Ken Buck … the opportunities for GOP gains in both contests are in jeopardy.