Aug 11, 2010 9:59 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Dan Maes prevails in GOP governor's race

Businessman Dan Maes has ridden support from tea party groups to claim Colorado's Republican gubernatorial primary, defeating former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis.

McInnis is a former six-term congressman who failed to recover after it was revealed that he plagiarized parts of a water study for which a Colorado foundation paid him $300,000.

Maes overcame his own troubles in winning Tuesday: He was fined $17,500 for campaign finance violations and drew criticism over remarks that he would fire thousands of state workers.

The rocky campaigns prompted former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo to bolt from the party and run for governor on the American Constitution Party ticket.

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper will be the Democrat on the November ballot. He faced no opposition for his party's nomination.


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