Texas Gov. Rick Perry joins Romney, backs Beauprez in Colo. GOP gubernatorial primary

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Rick Perry (Credit: Fox News)

Rick Perry (Credit: Fox News)

DENVER — Another prominent national Republican is endorsing Bob Beauprez in Colorado’s GOP gubernatorial primary.

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, threw his support behind Beauprez, who is one of four Republicans on the June 24 primary ballot.

Bob Beauprez is the only candidate in this race who will fight for the rights of all Coloradans and stand up to Washington,”  said Perry in an emailed statement. “I support Bob’s commitment to pushing back against federal meddling and Obama mandates. He has consistently fought against Obamacare, the eroding of our Second Amendment Rights and the job-killing policies that threaten our economic future.”

The endorsement comes roughly a week after Beauprez announced that former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney had endorsed his campaign.

“I am humbled by Rick Perry’s support and friendship,” Beauprez said in a release from his campaign. “He has proven that states know what’s best for their citizens and not the federal government. Rick is a fighter for personal freedom, common sense, business growth and economic prosperity.”

The GOP establishment appears to be largely behind Beauprez, who’s demonstrated an ability to raise money after entering the race in late February and barely qualifying for the primary ballot.

Bob Beauprez is the only candidate in this race who will fight for the rights of all Coloradans and stand up to Washington,”  Perry continued. “I support Bob’s commitment to pushing back against federal meddling and Obama mandates. He has consistently fought against Obamacare, the eroding of our Second Amendment Rights and the job-killing policies that threaten our economic future.”

Beauprez is the only GOP gubernatorial candidate with the money to be running TV ads at the moment; although Secretary of State Scott Gessler raised the most money over the last two weeks, campaign finance reports showed Monday.

To give an idea of just how scared some Republicans are at the prospect of former Congressman Tom Tancredo winning the primary, the Colorado Springs Gazette editorialized Monday that the other two candidates on the ballot, Gessler and Mike Kopp, should drop out to increase Beauprez’s odds of beating Tancredo, who could benefit from the non-Tancredo vote being split three ways (numerous sources confirm that Tancredo’s campaign urged its supporters to support Kopp at last month’s state assembly for that very reason: just to get another candidate on the ballot).

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