Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, insinuated this morning that the organization has effectively conceded the Colorado governor’s race between Republican Dan Maes, Democrat John Hickenlooper and Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo.
Barbour explained that in the interest of efficiency, the RGA does not dole out its funding to sheer winners or sheer losers.
“In Colorado, we have to look at, ‘how does it develop?’” Barbour said. Pushed on the issue, he said, “We have put some money in Colorado.” He added, “Past tense,” to snickers around the room in the briefing hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
Maes has had a series of stumbles in the race after a surprise primary victory over former Rep. Scott McInnis. He trails Hickenlooper significantly in the polls.
As far as the midterms are concerned, Barbour warned his Republican colleagues, “We will be outspent in most states.” He also advised against complacency: “This campaign just started…. We’ve got a long way to go.”