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RGA Chairman Signals Republicans Giving Up On Maes In Colorado

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"We are for whomever the Republicans of the state nominate. They don't have to nominate who Haley Barbour is for," the governor said in response to a question posed by TPM about Maes' problems.

"At the same time, we practice what I call ruthless targeting. When we raise money from people in good faith, our good faith pledge to them is we're going to use it where it puts lead on the target," Barbour said. "We don't pay for sure winners, we don't give to sure losers."

Barbour didn't say which he thought Maes is, but told TPM: "In Colorado we have to look at how does it develop, but you can read as poll as easily, maybe better than I can."

The TPM Poll Average of this race is 44.6% for Hickenlooper, 28.1% for Maes and 12.7% for Tancredo.

Barbour said during the breakfast the GOP is in the best position its been in for years, "but we're still two months away from the election." He said the Republicans "need to keep our foot on the accelerator."

"Nothing's done till it's done," Barbour said.

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