Trailing in the polls, Republican Representative Bob Beauprez acknowledged Wednesday he faces an uphill battle in his bid for Colorado governor for a litany of reasons.
One of them is that it appears to be a dark year for Republican candidates nationwide.
Beauprez, in an interview with The Associated Press, said his party seems to be finding ways to make things tougher, citing the Mark Foley scandal.
The two-term congressman from the Denver suburbs has lagged behind Democrat Bill Ritter in recent polls. He blamed a tough primary with Marc Holtzman and the split over the passage of Referendum C last year, which he opposed.
Beauprez said he is a better choice than Ritter because of his experience handling statewide and national issues such as transportation and health care.