The Colorado governor’s race has been one of the most volatile races of 2010. Former Congressman Tom Tancredo, so unhappy with the Republican nominee, Dan Maes, declared himself on the Constitutional ticket, vowing not to drop out unless Maes did, too.
It seemed that with two people dividing up the party, and Tancredo’s Quixiotic quest to take down Maes, the Democratic challenger would be a shoo-in.
Now, not so much. He’s almost been overtaken…by Tancredo himself.
Via the Sacramento Bee:
Two months ago, many political professionals were chortling at Tom Tancredo’s third party bid to become Colorado governor.
The former firebrand Republican congressman said he was the only conservative who could stop the Democrats from winning the seat after a scandal-plagued “tea party” candidate unexpectedly won the GOP nomination.
Tancredo’s volatile rhetoric on illegal immigration and calls to bomb Mecca have won him passionate followers, but also high unfavorability ratings in the state. He had no money on hand and little time to mount a campaign against the Democrat, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, a popular politician with millions of dollars in contributions in the bank.
But little more than a week out from election day, it’s possible to imagine a Tancredo governorship.
A poll late last week found him just four points behind Hickenlooper, whose support has stayed flat while Republican nominee Dan Maes is flirting with single digits. It is only one poll, and from a Republican-leaning pollster, but it matched the arc that all polls have picked up since Tancredo entered in late August – his support is rising as Hickenlooper’s stalls.
In the beginning of September I wrote:
But Tancredo’s definitely full of bravado. After all, he’s running in a three way gubernatorial campaign with no real plan as to how he intends to win, especially now that his request for the Republican candidate to drop out has been met with laughter. Currently, Democrat John Hickenlooper is leading Republican Dan Maes by 12 points, and Tancredo is only getting 14 percent.
Can Tom win? Probably not. But it looks like he’s going to keep making headlines along the way.