Tancredo still behind by ten

The Denver Post reports:

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper has a wide lead over his opponents going into the last days of the election, despite third-party candidate Tom Tancredo’s ability to siphon votes from the Republican nominee, according to a Denver Post/9News poll.

With 49 percent of those surveyed backing him, Hickenlooper now has more support than Tancredo and Republican candidate Dan Maes combined.

Tancredo, a former Republican congressman, continues to peel off GOP voters, garnering 39 percent, while Maes continues to slide, coming in at 9 percent. Only 1 percent of those polled said they were undecided.

“It’s hard to see how Tancredo changes this game. Even if Maes drops to 5 percent, it isn’t enough,” said Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli. “Hickenlooper has had the benefit of not having to deal with just one Republican opponent and has kept a low profile, eliminating the chances of making mistakes and starting controversies.” [cont]

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Clark Coleman writes:

I keep getting emails like this from Tancredo, with very different poll results than the Denver News poll that you cited. But Tancredo gives no source for these encouraging numbers. Are they internal campaign polls, which are notoriously inaccurate?

From: Tom Tancredo
Sent: Fri, October 22, 2010 6:27:48 PM
Subject: We’ve closed the gap to one point!

Fellow conservative,

We are now within one point of Hickenlooper!

This is amazing news and I wanted you to have it as soon as possible.

The latest poll results are: 44%-Hickenlooper, 43%-Tancredo, 9%-Maes.

And we have all the momentum! After a year of campaigning and four million dollars, Hickenlooper just cannot move his poll numbers.

Thanks to you, we have bought all of our major media purchases—that $140,000 raised from the money bomb was such blessing to our campaign.

My campaign manager, Bay Buchanan, however has told me we are not as strong as we need to be in rural Colorado. These are counties we must win. And we have a strong message for them.

Just today we learned that Mayor Hickenlooper made the following statement in response to a question from interviewer Eden Lane regarding Matthew Shepard:

“The tragic death of Matthew Shepard occurred in Wyoming. Colorado and Wyoming are very similar. We have some of the same, you know, backwards thinking in the kind of rural Western areas you see in, you know, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico.” (emphasis added)

Can you believe this arrogance! Just like Obama when he said:

“You go into these small towns [and] … the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And it’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

You and I must let the good people of rural Colorado know exactly what my opponent thinks of their intelligence.

The good news is that radio stations in these rural areas will still let me buy a more commercials up until early next week.

I have to ask you if you can give a little bit more? Rural radio is pretty cheap, so even $10 or $20 contributions would be a huge help!

Can I count on your help?

Can you give this campaign one last donation to boost our commercials in the rural areas?

If so, would you please visit the campaign’s contribution page and chip in $10 or $20 right away?

Thank you for all you’ve done. Because of you we can win this race—we have the momentum, the message and the greatest supporters any candidate has ever had.

Tom Tancredo

Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 25, 2010 09:50 AM | Send

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