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John Suthers

DENVER — Looking to build momentum one week after announcing his campaign, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Beauprez announced Monday that he’s won the endorsement of the most senior Republican officeholder in the state, Attorney General John Suthers.

“There is no question in my mind, as I look at the Republican field for Governor at this point in time, he is far and away the best candidate,” Suthers said in a web video released by the Beauprez campaign Monday morning.

“He can win,” Suthers continued. “He’s the guy who can do the best job as Governor of Colorado. He’s got the kind of experience and skill set necessary to move Colorado in a different, better direction in the next several years.”

Beauprez’s late entry into an already wide gubernatorial primary field last week didn’t prompt any of his rivals to drop out.

But Beauprez’s strong, second-place showing at last Tuesday’s GOP caucuses, behind Secretary of State Scott Gessler and ahead of former Congressman Tom Tancredo, showed that he will be a factor in the race for delegates at next month’s state convention.

Suthers, who is term-limited as Attorney General, also hinted at Beauprez’s ability to raise the money needed to run a competitive campaign.

Beauprez, a rancher and bank president with the personal resources needed to fund a campaign in its early stages, would have strong support from the Republican Governors Association should he advance to the general election, although the group won’t pick sides in a primary.

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