Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How Colorado Democrats helped Dan Maes beat McInnis

A Democratic campaign group's $500,000 in ads targeting the perceived front runner in the Colorado governor's primary in August may have clinched the GOP nomination for a Tea Party candidate with no political experience.

Small businessman Dan Maes won the GOP nomination after Colorado Freedom Fund ran television ads in the two weeks before the Aug. 10 primary slamming former congressman Scott McInnis for plagiarizing a series of papers on water policy. McInnis ended up losing to Maes by 5,150 votes out of 390,108 cast.

Most political analysts, as well as activists from both parties, believe Democrat John Hickenlooper will win what is now a three-way race for governor in large part because of Maes' victory.     More

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