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Wiens to petition onto primary ballot

By Charles Ashby

Tom Wiens, Republican candidate in the race for U.S. Senate, announced today that he plans to petition onto the August primary ballot, his campaign said.

His campaign manager, Brandon Moody, said the decision isn't intended to be a snub of the party or the state assembly process. He said the campaign was dismayed at the relatively poor amount of support Wiens received during caucus preference polling earlier this month.

Fellow Republicans Ken Buck and Jane Norton tied with 37 percent of the vote while Wiens only polled 16.46 percent.

“There’s a disconnect somewhere,” Moody said in a statement. “On the one hand we’re seeing unprecedented enthusiasm amongst conservatives statewide, yet one (sic) the other we see disappointing overall turnout at caucuses this year. Voters are excited but not involved.”

Moody said as a result, the campaign has decided to enage all Republicans in the process and "not just 3,500 select party elites."

“It’s clear that in this debate, we are going to have to speak directly to rank-and-file members of the GOP," Wiens said in a statement. "For too many election cycles, the same tired leadership has led us to the same disappointing results by trotting out the next Republican insider standing in line. This year we need to nominate a conservative, not an insider if we want to win. ”

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