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Tancredo Entering CO-GOV Race As Third-Party Candidate

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"I will officially announce at noon that I will seek the nomination of the Constitution Party," Tancredo told the Post this morning.

Tancredo still has to file papers with Colorado's Secretary of State and register as a member of the American Constitution Party, but he already reportedly got into a shouting match with state Republican Party chair Dick Wadhams on talk radio this morning. Tea Partiers are also upset with Tancredo's move.

Tancredo made his threat in the wake of a plagiarism scandal that hit GOP frontrunner Scott McInnis, and campaign finance violation fines paid by Tea Party candidate Dan Maes. Tancredo said that neither was in a position to beat presumptive Democratic nominee John Hickenlooper in the general. But a Tancredo candidacy would probably hurt any Republican candidate more than the Democrat. As a result, Wadhams and other state GOPers have come out strongly against Tancredo. "Tom Tancredo has nobody's interest in mind other than his own," Wadhams said this morning.

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