Former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) has withdrawn from the state's gubernatorial race, the candidate announced Tuesday.
Tancredo, who faced a crowded primary field in a state that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump defends indicted GOP congressman GOP lawmaker says he expects to be indicted over FBI investigation Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on MORE won in 2016, said he could not see a path forward for the campaign and did not want to face blame for losing to his leading Democratic opponent, Rep. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisBiden administration OKs Colorado expansion of transgender health coverage Judge dismisses police suit challenging Denver coronavirus vaccine mandate Bipartisan push for vocational training focuses on funding, curricula MORE (D-Colo.), CBS Denver reports.
Tancredo, a former congressman and immigration hard-liner, met with former Breitbart News chief and past senior White House adviser Stephen Bannon to discuss a possible run in September. At the time Bannon had begun backing pro-Trump, anti-establishment candidates for races across the country.
After leaving Congress in 2009, Tancredo lost bids for the Colorado governor's office in 2010 and 2014, for the Constitution Party and then the GOP. He also ran a brief campaign for the Republican nomination for president in 2008, earning support for his tough stances on immigration and border security.
Polis, a multimillionaire from Denver and the first openly gay parent in Congress, has said he wants to be a "vanguard of the opposition" against President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE as governor. He has emerged as a frontrunner among the Democratic candidates.
Tancredo has drawn criticism for once saying that former President Obama was a "more serious threat to America than al Qaeda," and for promoting the "birther" theory that Obama was born in Kenya and not a U.S. citizen.
Tancredo had entered the race to replace Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) — who cannot run again due to term limits — last November.