Tom Tancredo drops out of Colorado gubernatorial race

Tom Tancredo drops out of Colorado gubernatorial race
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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 Tom Tancredo (R) has withdrawn from the state's gubernatorial race, the candidate announced Tuesday.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 ClintonDemocratic groups using Bloomberg money to launch M in Spanish language ads in Florida The Hill's Campaign Report: Presidential polls tighten weeks out from Election Day More than 50 Latino faith leaders endorse Biden 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 PolisMore than 1,000 gather at Colorado racetrack to protest governor's coronavirus orders Over 300 LGBT leaders endorse Biden for president : 'The most pro-equality ticket in US history' Colorado GOP lawmaker, Michelle Malkin sue governor over coronavirus orders 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. 

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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 John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests 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.