by Ralph Routon
It's not an official poll by any means, but the folks at the coloradopols.com website clearly think that Colorado Attorney General John Suthers should not be considered a certainty any longer for a second term.
Suthers, longtime Colorado Springs resident and former district attorney for El Paso and Teller counties, didn't even have a serious opponent until after he joined other state attorneys general in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the health care reform legislation passed by Congress.
Now, though he has earned the affection of tea partiers, Suthers is considered to be in a close fight for the November election against his new Democratic opponent, Stan Garnett.
In its homepage feature called "The Big Line 2010," coloradopols.com lists Suthers and Garnett both with odds of 4-1, along with interesting comments. For Suthers, the site says, "HC (health care) lawsuit took Suthers from shoo-in to fighting for his political life." For Garnett, the comment says, "Garnett is good on the stump and will raise big $; tossup."
That same listing of odds has Denver mayor John Hickenlooper leading the governor race over Republican Scott McInnis, with Hickenlooper at 3-1 and McInnis sliding to 10-1 because "refusing to release tax return hurts cred." In fact, the site suggests that McInnis' main GOP challenger, Dan Maes, still has a chance to win the party's nomination in the Aug. 10 primary.