DENVER (AP) - Entrepreneur Dan Maes cashed in his support from Tea Party patriot groups to narrowly defeat former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis in Colorado's GOP gubernatorial primary, sending a message to state republicans that the movement is a force they must reckon with.
Maes' victory in Tuesday's primary came after both he and McInnis sent supporters home as the vote count dragged on. With the count all but complete, Maes led by a 51-49 percent margin.
McInnis called Maes on Wednesday morning to congratulate him and promised to stand with Maes in the general election.
Tancredo claimed neither Maes nor McInnis could defeat Hickenlooper, and he's already aired advertisements assailing Hickenlooper as soft on illegal immigration.
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