Oct 312010
Authors: Andrew Carrera

A flurry of “Tancredo for Governor” signs flapped in the air as the gubernatorial candidate pulled into his next campaign trail stop: a Fort Collins restaurant two minutes west of Colorado State University.

CB & Potts played host to Tom Tancredo and a crowd of approximately 70 supporters from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been involved in a campaign,” said Maria Weese, a Fort Collins resident waving pro-Tancredo signs on West Elizabeth Road outside of the gathering.

“I haven’t been this excited about a candidate since Reagan,” Weese said.

Tancredo told the Collegian that the event was “a traditional get-out the vote thing” aimed at Fort Collins voters. The support of Larimer County, he said, is crucial to getting him elected to the Colorado Governor’s Office.

“It has to happen here,” he said in the moments leading up to his address to the crowd.

“We’re running against two candidates. A Republican that has 5 to 6 percent, a Democrat that has 40-some percent … and we’ve got the rest,” Tancredo said.

With the gubernatorial election taking place Tuesday, candidates are blitzing the state with multiple campaign stops daily that serve to give one final push to people still questioning who they should vote for.

Rasmussen Reports, a polling agency often used to gage political races, released figures Thursday showing 2 percent of Colorado voters undecided when it came to the governor’s race. The question for candidates is whether or not supporters will show up to vote for them on Election Day.

Tancredo told his supporters that being in the American Constitution Party made it difficult for conservatives who have traditionally voted Republican to vote for him.

“The reason why we’re doing this, the reason why we needed to do this, was not to harm the Republican ticket. It was actually to give us a chance to stop a man by the name of John Hickenlooper,” he said to thunderous applause.

The gubernatorial candidate vows to govern as a Republican, despite not technically being a member of the party.

Kelsa Erickson, a junior animal sciences major, attended the event in support of Tancredo’s views of illegal immigration and overall personality.

“He’s down to earth, real … he’ll tell you how it is,” she said, adding that being a Republican at CSU is “getting harder” because she feels the campus is not as conservative as it used to be.

According to Tara Arterburn, the campaign’s communication director, the event of 70 people was small in comparison to previous Tancredo rallies of 200 people.

Rasmussen Reports’ latest polling data shows Democrat candidate John Hickenlooper at 47 percent popularity among likely Colorado voters, with Tancredo at 42 percent, and Republican candidate Dan Maes at 5 percent.

Staff writer Andrew Carrera can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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