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Republican Tom Tancredo set to launch campaign for governor of Colorado

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Colorado Politics
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November 1, 2017
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Tom Tancredo is set to kick off a campaign for governor of Colorado, joining a crowded Republican primary field in what will be his third run for the office, Colorado Politics has learned...

With Tancredo’s candidacy, that makes nine Republicans — along with seven Democrats — who have declared they’re running to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper...

A prominent critic of illegal immigration and a polarizing figure often at odds with the GOP, Tancredo told Colorado Politics he plans to be prepared if the Republican establishment or other opponents attempt to derail his campaign like he contends happened in the last GOP gubernatorial primary, in 2014. In the closing weeks of that race, Tancredo saw his lead in polls evaporate in the face of a barrage of last-minute advertising funded by the Republican Governors Association...

Colorado Politics was first to report in August that Tancredo was considering a run. At the time, Tancredo called it “infuriating” and “appalling” that Republicans stayed silent after a Colorado Springs resort cancelled a conference booked by VDARE, an organization that describes itself as devoted to immigration reform...

Prior to representing the heavily Republican, suburban 6th Congressional District for a decade, Tancredo, a Colorado native, taught civics and history at Drake Junior High School in Arvada before being elected to two terms in the Colorado House of Representatives in the mid-1970s. He served as regional director of the U.S. Department of Education under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush...