Beauprez to appear on Republican primary ballot for governor

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DENVER, Colo. The Deputy Secretary of State has determined that Bob Beauprez's petition to appear on the Republican primary ballot for governor was sufficient.

Beauprez submitted 23,000 petition signatures to the Secretary of State in March. After reviewing the petition line-by-line, Beauprez was required to gather an additional 1,500 valid signatures from each of Colorado's seven congressional districts.

Upon completion, Deputy Secretary Suzanne Staiert determined the petition was sufficient to allow Beauprez's name to appear on the primary ballot.

Beauprez will compete against Secretary of State Scott Gessler, former state Sen. Mike Kopp and former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo in a June 24 primary.

The winner of the Republican nomination will challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is seeking a second term.

Colorado has no election runoffs, so the top vote-getter in the primaries becomes the party nominee.

Beauprez served two terms in Congress from Denver's western suburbs. He unsuccessfully ran against former Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter in 2006.

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