If Republicans hope to elect a governor this fall, they need to narrow the primary field and unite behind State Treasurer Walker Stapleton.
The GOP begins with overwhelming odds against winning the governor’s race. A crowded, divisive primary only escalates the party’s growing challenges.
Republicans have won two of Colorado’s past 11 gubernatorial elections and occupied the office only eight of 42 years.
The chances of statewide Republican victories grow smaller by the week, as young, educated, urban professionals and marijuana migrants populate the Front Range. The GOP and its candidates have an abysmal record of courting the state’s growing Hispanic population.
As of 2016, registered Democrats outnumbered Republicans for the first time in 32 years by a margin of 20,000. …
In this environment, Republicans will win statewide office only when they offer exceptionally well-qualified candidates, nominated in nondestructive primaries. They cannot win with candidates beaten and battered by primary fights that make them say and do stupid things to secure special interest constituencies.
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner enjoyed a clear primary field in 2015, when Republicans weren’t outnumbered by Democrats, and barely defeated an embattled Democrat who ran a weak campaign. …
Stapleton, a traditional conservative, has what it takes to win statewide office again. A former business executive with an MBA from Harvard, he has earned name recognition and has a host of leadership accomplishments to run on. …
As a young, articulate professional with proven leadership skills, Stapleton can appeal to urban and rural voters of all demographics. The electorate mostly wants good results, and Stapleton has a record of delivering them.
Republicans have an unusual opportunity to elect a governor this year. Stapleton’s primary contenders would do themselves and their party a favor by selflessly clearing the field and helping him win against the odds.FacebookTwitterGoogle +