Would-be governor Tom Tancredo and his surrogates have run a full-court press on GOP rival Dan Maes in recent weeks, snaking supporters out from under the struggling candidate and upping pressure for Maes to exit the three-way race.
With the former Republican congressman within single digits of Democrat John Hickenlooper in a few public polls, some of the pressure has been overt.
Tancredo campaign manager Bay Buchanan recently called a Maes supporter insisting “the time is absolutely now” for Maes to give up. Others make poll-backed claims that Tancredo is the only electable conservative.
A team of Tancredo allies at the state Capitol have worked tirelessly to secure endorsements from their Republican colleagues, in an attempt to signal that it is OK for Republicans to vote for a third party.