Faith Mangan at Fox News Blog reports that, with Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo polling within 4% of frontrunner Democrat John Hickenlooper and Republican Dan Maes now at 10% and dropping, numerous elected Republicans are now pulling their support from Maes and switching to Tancredo.
If Maes ends up with less than 10% of the vote, the Republican Party will lose major party status in Colorado. That means that until the law is changed, the Democratic and Constitution parties would be the the two official major parties in Colorado, and the Republicans would be among several “minor” or “third” parties.
Another article about the race, from the LA Times, was sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Gene Berkman. Nicholas Riccardi notes that “Tancredo’s volatile rhetoric on illegal immigration and calls to bomb Mecca have won him passionate followers” and that Hickenlooper’s support has stayed flat while Maes has tanked.
“Momentum is on our side,” Tancredo is quoted as saying. “That’s the most powerful thing in any campaign I’ve been involved in.”
Not everyone is convinced, however:
Denver Post columnist Mike Littwin weighed in on Tancredo’s chances this way:
“The reason I’ve been sure — and the reason I remain (mostly) sure — that Tom Tancredo will never be governor is that he is, after all, Tom Tancredo. He’s the guy who says Barack Obama is a dedicated Marxist and who suggested George W. Bush had blood on his hands because of his immigration policy and who believes voters should have to take literacy tests and who, during his aborted run for president, kept a running tab on his office door of how many people were being killed by illegal immigrants, even if the numbers were entirely unsupported.”