Too early to write off Gov. John Hickenlooper’s re-election
DailyCaller.com reports on a poll that shows Colorado's Gov. John Hickenlooper isn't doing as well as expected in matchups with three Republicans who want to take him on next year—Tom Tancredo, Scott Gessler and Greg Brophy.
I don't think the polls mean much at this point in the election cycle. Until we see how the Democrats' attack and demonizing machines deal with Tancredo, Gessler and Brophy and how they respond, who can say Hick is done?
Hick won in 2010 primarily because the GOP didn't have a candidate, and 20% to 30% of GOP loyalists voted for Dan Maes instead of Tancredo. I'm not sure that cost Tancredo the election, but it didn't help him or the GOP or Colorado. Tancredo ran as a third party candidate, not as a Republican.
The 2010 debates showed that Tancredo is much smarter and more politically savvy than Hick.
This year, Hick took the title of the most controversial Colorado politician away from Tancredo when he signed radical gun control bills and stayed Nathan Dunlap's execution.
Will Tancredo's strong anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage and anti-illegal views open the door for Gessler or Brophy? Can either of them raise enough money to overcome Tancredo's name recognition?
Does the Tancredo fund raising operation still have the power it had in 2010?
Will the Colorado GOP's personhood and Rick Santorum nuts control the state's convention and prevail in the state's primary? If they nominate Tancredo, will they hand the election to Hick again?