Decision 2010

Oct 24, 2010 12:40 AM by Matt Stafford

Conservatives square off in Colorado Springs

South Sierra Madre in Colorado Springs drew the battle lines for Republicans Sunday, amongst themselves; both sides with a conservative candidate they want in the Governor's office.

"We wouldn't be in it, this dividing up the Republican vote, if Tancredo hadn't jumped in after the assembly," says Jimmie Butler, a Dan Maes supporter.

Nearby, American Constitutionalist candidate Tom Tancredo drums up support; but not from his new party, his old one.

"I would say there are far more, maybe 90% Republican," Tancredo says about the room he spoke to in Colorado Springs.

It's a trend that's catching eyes. GOP candidate Dan Maes lost key Republican support in Southern Colorado with Congressman Doug Lamborn and State Senator Dave Schultheis throwing their support behind Tancredo last week. Other Southern Colorado Republicans have done the same.

"I'm not bucking my party, I'm a loyalist, I would encourage everybody still vote for the Republican candidates of their choice, except take a fresh look at Tom Tancredo." Larry Liston - (R), House District 16

Staying out of Saturday's arguments, Democrats look to capitalize on disagreement in this year's Governor Race.

"It's certainly splitting a lot of votes, and it's got to be a tough spot if I was conservative in this town trying to figure out how to vote," says Hal Bidlack Chairman of the El Paso County Democratic Party.

This Gubernatorial race hasn't been the usual Republican v. Democrat showdown that most are accustomed to, and it's seen plenty of unusual turns; but splitting the vote doesn't worry Tancredo.

"I think we're going to win this, and it doesn't matter what Dan Maes does."

However, others aren't sure that dividing the support base will end up well for any of the conservatives.

"I think the Republican Party is going to suffer because of this," says Butler.

News First 5 hasn't received response back on the change of endorsements from the Maes campaign or the Colorado GOP.

With the election only ten days away, the numbers of opportunities for candidates to state their case are becoming fewer.


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