Tancredo, a former GOP congressman best known for his views on immigration, entered the race after Maes won the state Republican Primary. He argued that Maes, who has been abandoned by many of the state’s high-level Republicans, could not win the general election contest.
Tancredo’s support has risen from 14% in late August, while Maes’ support has dropped from a high of 31% just after his primary win earlier that month. In that same period, Hickenlooper’s support has generally held steady in the low to mid 40s.
I have serious heartburn over voting for someone like Tom Tancredo in Colorado's governor's race.
I changed my party affiliation from Independent to Republican so I could vote for conservative candidates. I voted for Dan Maes in the Republican primary--a race Tancredo did not enter. I chose a candidate who had business experience instead of a career politician. This year, if any, would allow a conservative candidate who is new on the political scene to have a chance to win a race.
After the primary, when the dust had settled and the party establishment candidate failed, grassroots and small business had a chance to govern Colorado. Tancredo then decides that Maes would not have a chance to win the Governor's race against Democrat John Hickenlooper so he enters the race to cut Maes' chances. Tancredo and the career politicians of the Republican Party in Colorado are trying to create a self fulfilling prophecy and force the TEA Party candidate (Maes) out of the race. Maes polled at 31% after the primary and surely would have come up in the polls through campaigning, but Tancredo stepped in and siphoned off the Republican vote. Without Tancredo in the race, there is every good reason to believe that Maes would be polling ahead of Hickenlooper by now.
Hickenlooper would be at least as bad for Colorado as our current governor, Bill Ritter (whose policies on crime have had a disastrous impact on our state -- not to mention the goofy bathroom bill he signed into law). The Republican Establishment knows that Coloradans are tired of destructive liberal policies and they have found a way to try to steal back the governors seat by planting their candidate in a third party. This is dirty politics at it's worse and it is the reason the Republicans lost the governor's seat in 2006. We the people don't like political corruption.
I, for one, will stand with my vote for Maes. I can't vote for Tancredo based solely on this Republican Establishment end-run they pulled on Maes. If the Republican establishment is willing to split the vote and give the state to Hickenlooper, let the fault lie with them.