Tancredo makes ballot in governor’s race

Tom Tancredo

DENVER — Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo has collected enough signatures to appear on the GOP primary ballot in June.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office ruled Wednesday that the former congressman from the 6th Congressional District on Denver’s eastern side collected more than enough signatures to qualify for the June 24 primary.

He is one of seven Republicans vying for the right to challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in the fall, and one of only two who opted to petition onto the primary ballot.

The other is former congressman Bob Beauprez, a relatively late entry into the race.

The other five candidates — Secretary of State Scott Gessler, Wray Sen. Greg Brophy, Brighton businessman Steve House, La Salle rancher Ronita Sylvester and former state Sen. Mike Kopp of Arvada — will vie for a space on the June ballot at the Colorado Republican Party State Assembly this Saturday at the Coors Event Center in Boulder.

Candidates there must get at least 30 percent of the delegates to qualify for the ballot automatically, but those that get more than 10 percent still can petition onto it.

Tancredo needed signatures from at least 10,500 registered Republican voters to make the ballot. He turned in more than 16,600, of which more than 13,000 proved to be from eligible voters.

State law also requires candidates running for statewide office to get at least 1,500 signatures from each of the state’s seven congressional districts, a threshold Tancredo easily reached.

Beauprez, who in March was the last of the seven candidates to enter the race, turned in his petitions before the March 31 deadline. As a result, the secretary of state has yet to rule on them.


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