Colorado

Sep 9, 2010 8:23 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

GOP governor's group hints Colo. race a lost cause

Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes is shrugging off the suggestion that a national GOP group won't help finance his campaign anymore and says he will continue to fight for votes.

A Maes spokesman made the comments Wednesday in response to Republican Governors Association Chairman Haley Barbour's remarks hinting that the group was giving up on the Colorado governor's race. Barbour told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast that the association had invested money in Colorado, quipping that it was in the "past tense."

Maes' spokesman Nate Strauch says Maes did not expect help from the RGA and will continue trying to get votes by traveling the state. Maes has lost the support from the state GOP establishment and significantly trails Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper in fundraising.

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