Petitions earn Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo spot on ballot

DENVER - Former Congressman Tom Tancredo is the first Republican to make primary ballots for the chance to challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Tancredo sent an email to supporters Wednesday saying he was on the road and didn't have much time to explain, "but today, the Secretary of State announced that I'm the first candidate to qualify for the ballot." Tancredo then asked for an emergency donation of $10.

Colorado's secretary of state said Tancredo turned in sufficient petitions to earn a place on GOP primary ballots. One other Republican hopeful -- former congressman Bob Beauprez -- has turned in signatures and awaits a decision.

Statewide Colorado candidates have two options to make primary ballots. They can either turn in petition signatures from each of the state's seven congressional districts or win a place through votes in their party's state assembly.

Five other Republican gubernatorial hopefuls are seeking support at the state assembly, which takes place Saturday in Boulder.

The primary elections are June 24.

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