Former Congressman Scott McInnis is the frontrunner among registered Republicans in the race to take on embattled Governor Bill Ritter.
In the latest poll of 1,649 Colorado Republican likely primary voters (conducted by autodial in July) by Republican polling firm Magellan Strategies, McInnis has a 23-point lead on State Senator Josh Penry.
McInnis is ahead by 18 points on the Western Slope where both candidates hail from. His largest lead (26 points) is in Colorado Springs, Pueblo area.
However, it is very early in the race. McInnis has 80-point name identification, but only 34 percent of Republican voters select him now. Nearly half (49%) claim to be undecided.