Sep 14, 2010 10:41 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Three-party race for governor in Colorado

With a Denver District Court Judge's decision Tuesday to keep third-party candidate Tom Tancredo's name on the November ballot, Colorado is faced with a three-party race for governor:  Tancredo with the American Constitution Party, Dan Maes with the Republican Party, and John Hickenlooper with the Democratic Party.

Tuesday's court decision didn't surprise UCCS Associate Political Science Professor Josh Dunn.

"Courts like to allow parties to really establish their own rules about who they're going to run," explains Dunn.

Now, voters have to look at a nationally-divided Democratic Party and the division of the Republican Party in Colorado. Tancredo was a career Republican until he decided to run for governor with the Constitution Party in July, and asked both Republican candidates to step out of the race after the primaries if neither one was leading the polls.

"You've seen splintering in both parties, and I think that's led to a lot of dialogue we wouldn't have heard in other years," says Mitchell Blake, a potential voter.

A Rasmussen Reports poll on Tuesday shows Hickenlooper in the lead with 46% of likely voters choosing him, Tancredo with 25%, and Maes with 21%.

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