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Daily Fix Poll: Should Colorado Republicans get behind Tom Tancredo?

By Felicia Sonmez

A new Fox News poll shows that American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo has overtaken businessman Dan Maes (R) and is now within striking distance of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) in the Colorado gubernatorial race.

Hickenlooper currently leads with 44 percent among likely voters, while Tancredo, a former GOP congressman, takes 34 percent. Maes, who won the GOP nod last month but has weathered calls to exit the race from Republicans who believe he is not a credible nominee, has dropped down to 15 percent.

National Republicans had largely given up on the race after Maes won the nomination. But now that Tancredo, who ran for president in 2008 touting his opposition to illegal immigration, appears to have a shot against Hickenlooper, might Republicans consider dropping Maes and instead getting behind Tancredo?

It's worth noting that there's no love lost between Tancredo and Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams, as evidenced by the extended shouting match the two engaged in on a Colorado radio show in July when Tancredo announced his third-party bid.

Even so, if Maes continues his freefall, Tancredo may present the best hope Colorado Republicans have against Hickenlooper. What should they do? Give us your thoughts below.

By Felicia Sonmez  | September 29, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Daily Fix Poll  
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