Senator Ken Salazar has endorsed fellow Democrat Bill Ritter -- and former Denver district attorney -- in the governor's race.
But Ritter hasn't received the backing of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper -- who said yesterday that he won't seek the Democratic nomination despite a movement by some in the party to draft him.
State Representative Gary Lindstrom of Breckenridge is the other declared Democratic candidate. But state Democratic chairwoman Pat Waak (wok) says the door is still open for other candidates to jump in.
Many party activists have concerns about Ritter because of his anti-abortion stance.
Colorado State University political science professor John Straayer says even one more month of fence-straddling by activists and donors could hurt the Democratic party. He says the national party is looking to make inroads and the West is a likely place.
Republican Governor Owens can't seek re-election because of term limits.