The results are in from the unofficial Mount Virtus grassroots “Who Should Replace Wayne Allard?” straw poll. I kept the polls open a couple days longer than originally planned, but it did very little to change the final tally. So who was your first choice to be the Republican nominee for Colorado’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2008?
No surprises. While he lost some of his early commanding lead, former Congressman Bob Schaffer never trailed from start to finish – earning 54 of 120 votes cast (45%). While it’s still early to have to announce his candidacy, at the moment it looks like the field is clear for Schaffer to enter.
A crowd fought for the next four slots with about 10 percent of the vote each. Scott McInnis (who is officially OUT of the race) narrowly edged out Tom Tancredo, Bill Owens, and Marc Holtzman. Tancredo is already busy running for two offices, Owens has expressed no interest in throwing his hat into the ring, and Holtzman has been silent.
Ironically, all the remaining candidates who have expressed any interest in the open U.S. Senate seat finished in the bottom tier. Bob Beauprez, who has remained coy about whether or not he would get in the race, finished with 5%. Secretary of State Mike Coffman earned 4%. Dan Caplis, Bentley Rayburn, and Attorney General John Suthers shared the last 6 votes.