The Colorado governor's race is now set. Former U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez won the Republican primary Tuesday night, setting up a November showdown against incumbent Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Beauprez defeated another former congressman, Tom Tancredo, Secretary of State Scott Gessler and former state Sen. Mike Kopp on Tuesday's primary.
Beauprez served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006. The 65-year-old represented a suburban Denver district in Congress from 2003 to 2007.
Beauprez entered the GOP governor race in February. He described himself to primary voters as the best choice to defeat Hickenlooper, who has far outpaced all GOP challengers in fundraising.
With his challenger set, Hickenlooper says he and his team have a long road ahead.
"We really want to, you know, we are going to campaign as hard as we can to get four more years so that we can finish what we started," he told 11 News.
Hickenlooper says he hopes voters will "keep in mind" his work on creating jobs in Colorado.