DENVER | A plagiarism scandal surrounding Colorado Republican gubernatorial front-runner Scott McInnis has thrown the race into turmoil, jeopardizing the state GOP’s chances in one of its most winnable races and prompting calls for him to drop out less than a month before the primary.
Mr. McInnis, a former congressman, stands accused of copying the work of others in portions of a 1994 column and a 1995 speech, and entire pages of an essay written in 2004 after a review of his written work by the Denver Post.
Mr. McInnis released a statement Tuesday attributing the plagiarized portions of the 2004 essay to the mistake of a researcher. At the same time, he downplayed the incident to a Denver television station, saying that voters “don’t really care about this issue.”
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