Tom Tancredo with Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs.
Citing a lack of campaign cash and media enemies undermining his candidacy, Republican Tom Tancredo dropped out of the Colorado governor's race on Jan. 30.
He told 9NEWS he'd hoped to raise $150,000 by Jan. 15 but fell short by half. A former U.S. congressman, Tancredo has run for governor in the last three election cycles, as an American Constitution Party candidate in 2010 and as a Republican in 2014 when Bob Beauprez won the Republican nomination.
Tancredo also blamed the media — 9NEWS, the Denver Post
and the Colorado Springs Gazette,
in particular —
as well as the fact he didn't want to win the primary only to lose in the general election.
"You guys hate me as much as the Democrats," Tancredo told 9NEWS. "You in particular, this station in particular... Let's face it, I know, believe me, this ain't my first rodeo. I know exactly where my opponents are. And you guys, especially at Channel 9, are at the top of the heap."
Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, also running for governor, issued this statement:
I’m grateful to Tom Tancredo for highlighting issues that don’t always get the attention they deserve, particularly educating the public on the dangers of unchecked and unaccountable sanctuary cities.
Tom's unique voice has been crucial in the debate over issues important to many Coloradans. He has a genuine concern for his state and is a steadfast champion of individual rights. I wish Tom all the best as he looks ahead to his next venture.
The Colorado Democratic Party noted new polling shows President Trump's approval at 37 percent in the state, which would seem to make it difficult for a Republican to win in a state that has long favored Democrats in the governor's mansion.
"Even former front-runner Tom Tancredo knows there is no path to victory for Trump-style politics in Colorado," Democratic party spokesperson Eric Walker said in a statement. "Tancredo might not be on the ballot, but his ideas will be. Robbing the middle class to reward the rich, ripping health care away from hardworking Coloradans, and attacking immigrants and communities of color are still the guiding principles of the Colorado Republican Party. There are simply no moderates left in the Colorado GOP, and whichever right-wing candidate emerges from their primary will be way too far to the extreme right fringe for Colorado voters."