Your Decision 2010: The Race for Governor

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email
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The race to the Governor's mansion here in Colorado is certainly a strange and tight one, for at least two candidates. One of the major front-runners this time around is not even representing a major political party.

Current Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) is undoubtedly one of the few politicians across the country who is not slinging mud with his campaign ads.

He promises to cut spending and create jobs. Last year, Denver lost about 39,000 jobs. But with Hickenlooper in office the city consistently gained jobs in the years previous.

As seen in an attack ad from campaign rival Tom Tancredo, Hickenlooper pushed a voter approved 290 million dollars tax hike in Denver.

The second major party player is Dan Maes (R). Some would argue he is only minor league at this point, however. This conservative Colorado businessman promises to lower taxes, shrink government control and buckle down on illegal immigration.

Maes has been scrutinized over claims that he lied about working undercover with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation on an illegal gambling case when he was an officer there in the 1980’s. The KBI has said Maes never worked with them, but personnel paperwork tells a different story.

And the third party player in the race is Tom Tancredo (ACP). He is quickly pulling penitential votes away from his fellow conservative.

Tancredo, a former republican switched parties when he couldn't jump on a major party ticket. He said if he ends up in office he'll serve as if he were still a republican.

The self-proclaimed ultra conservative plans to, as he said, make Colorado a friendly place for business and an unfriendly place for illegal immigrants.

Tancredo has been criticized for his hard-lined views and for splitting the republican vote. But, he said he's not worried about party labels.

Election day is next Tuesday, Nov. 2. Several polls have Hickenlooper and Tancredo nearly tied, with Maes trailing far behind.

A recent CNN poll of likely voters showed:
John Hickenlooper (D) 51 percent
Tom Tancredo (ACP) 37 percent
Dan Maes (R) 10 percent
Other/Neither 2 percent
No opinion 1 percent

A recent Denver Post Poll of likely voters showed:
John Hickenlooper (D) 49 percent
Tom Tancredo (ACP) 39 percent
Dan Maes (R) 9 percent
Other/Neither 2 percent
No opinion 1 percent

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