BOULDER – State Treasurer Walker Stapleton and businessman Greg Lopez, a former mayor of Parker, won spots in Colorado’s Republican gubernatorial primary Saturday at the GOP’s state assembly.
Stapleton won top line on the primary ballot with 44 percent of the delegate vote – just four days after asking state officials to reject nominating petitions that had already qualified him for the primary, after saying he discovered signatures had been gathered fraudulently.
“I am a common sense Colorado conservative who wants to be your next governor,” Stapleton said to the thousands of Republicans inside the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus.
Stapleton was nominated by former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, who was a front-runner in the gubernatorial race before he withdrew in late January, saying he hadn’t raised enough money.
Lopez received 33 percent of the vote and will join Stapleton, and any candidates who qualify by petition, in the June 26 primary.
Candidates needed at least 30 percent of the vote to qualify for the ballot at the assembly, where seven Republicans were in the running.
Attorney General Cynthia Coffman failed to advance to the primary, receiving just 5 percent of the vote.
Others who vied for the nomination at the assembly included wealthy Colorado Springs businessman Barry Farah, who jumped in the race just over three weeks ago; former Denver Trump campaign co-chairman Steve Barlock; Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter III; and Westcliffe resident Teri Kear.