DENVER — Bob Beauprez won the Republican gubernatorial nod in Tuesday’s primary election, while Ken Buck took the party’s nomination for the 4th Congressional District, according to Colorado Republican Party projections.
A former congressman, Beauprez emerged as a victor in the tough four-candidate primary despite entering the race March 4, only weeks before the vote and months after the other contenders had launched their campaigns.
“Bob ran a disciplined primary campaign, and we’re proud to have such a fine leader, family man, and small businessman as our nominee for governor,” said Colorado Republican Party Chair Ryan Call in a statement.
Beauprez, who lost a previous bid for governor in 2006 against Democrat Bill Ritter, will face Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in the Nov. 4 general election.
With 39 of 64 counties reporting, figures from the Secretary of State’s office showed Beauprez with 30 percent of the vote, followed by former Rep. Tom Tancredo with 27 percent, Secretary of State Scott Gessler with 23 percent and former state Sen. Mike Kopp with 20 percent.
“Governor Hickenlooper has pursued a strategy of exclusion, rather than inclusion during his time at the capitol,” said Call. “Colorado is ready for a leader who will unite our state in common goals and not divide it with a partisan agenda.”
Buck, the Weld County District Attorney, had 44 percent of the vote with 12 of 22 counties reporting in the Northern Colorado congressional district now held by Rep. Cory Gardner, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.
Buck was followed by state Sen. Scott Renfroe with 24 percent, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer with 17 percent, and businessman Steve Laffey with 15 percent.
“With tonight’s victory, we are one step closer to bringing a new direction to Congress. Now, onto November!” said Buck in a statement. “As your Congressman, I promise to wake up each day ready to fight for the 4th. As a strong conservative voice, I will lead the charge for a balanced budget amendment, economic policies that enable and grow the businesses that make up our communities, and the protection of our Constitutional rights.”
Buck will face Democrat Vic Meyers in the heavily Republican district.
Rep. Doug Lamborn also survived a primary challenge from Bentley Rayburn with 53 percent to Rayburn’s 47 percent.
Republican Gubernatorial Primary:
Bob Beauprez 106,662
Tom Tancredo 93,528
Scott Gessler 81,994
Mike Kopp 69,581
4th Congressional District:
Ken Buck 28,379
Scott Renfroe 15,436
Barbara Kirkmeyer 10,839
Steve Laffey 9,524
5th Congressional District:
Doug Lamborn 37,882
Bentley Rayburn 34,120