Denver Republicans have jumped out to an early lead raising money for what is expected to be an expensive race for governor. G.O.P. candidates have raised more than $1.3 million dollars so far, compared to less than $300,000 for the two leading Democrats. Republican Governor Bill Owens can't run again next year because of term limits.
John Straayer, a political science professor at Colorado State University, says the Republicans race started to gel after Owens announced his support for U.S. Representative Bob Beauprez. Owens is supporting the congressman over his former cabinet member and confidant, Marc Holtzman, in the Republican primary.
State Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak is predicting that the governor's race will be one of the most expensive races in the state next year.
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