On the trail, I encountered multiple Democratic voters who were going for a straight ticket but would support Tancredo over John Hickenlooper. Why? Because Hickenlooper was too "pro-illegal" as mayor. In the gubernatorial debate I attended, Hickenlooper was clearly on defense on immigration, promising voters that Denver was not a "sanctuary city." And speaking of the debate, Hickenlooper didn't exactly win it. A man of obvious intelligence and nutty professor charisma, Hickenlooper struggled a bit to make his points while Tancredo fired one and two minute talking point bullets.
I wholeheartedly agree with everything Dave says. It's been apparent to many people I have spoken with over the last few weeks that the Hickenlooper campaign has been incredibly lazy, including the Mayor. Reading the debate transcripts I have been astounded at Hickenlooper's inability to answer fairly basic questions of policy, especially on immigration. He doesn't come across as prepared or serious. I think his cute and quirky commercials make him look ridiculous and, again, not serious - they just don't work in a time of great economic duress.
I wouldn't be surprised at all if Tom Tancredo becomes our next governor. In fact, as of today I'd be more surprised if Tancredo didn't win.