Kelly Burke, Fox cable’s local producer, assembled a piece on the Hickenlooper vs. Beauprez race that played Thursday, August 14 on Bret Baier Special Report.The story referenced the political classes’ surprise at the closeness of the race, but pointed out that Republicans have been winning intermountain governorships since 2008. The Colorado Republican Party wars were tamer this year, helping their nominees in a state that has trended left in the last decade.
Floyd Ciruli, a Colorado pollster and political analyst, noted that Colorado governors typically get re-elected, and “John Hickenlooper really looked strong about a year and a half ago.”
“The Republicans for the first time in almost a decade managed to get through a primary with a strong candidate,” Ciruli said. “And they have united behind that candidate very quickly.”