Gessler out-raises GOP rivals, plans TV push


Secretary of State Scott Gessler during a FOX31 gubernatorial primary debate earlier this year.

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DENVER — Secretary of Scott Gessler raised more money than any of his GOP gubernatorial rivals over the past two weeks, enough to mount a television ad campaign ahead of the June 24 primary.

Gessler raised $28,278 over the last two weeks, while Tom Tancredo brought in $25,293 and Bob Beauprez posted a $18,683 total.

Mike Kopp, who won top line on the ballot at last month’s GOP state assembly, raised $9,791.

Of the four, Tancredo has the most cash on hand: $98,540.

Beauprez, a late entrant to the race in February who has the ability to self-fund his campaign, launched his first TV ad on cable earlier this month and is looking to convince voters that momentum is on his side with a number of high-profile national endorsements.

The biggest question: will the anti-Tancredo vote coalesce around one of the other three candidates or will they split the vote, allowing the controversial Tancredo to win the nomination?

Gessler’s campaign believes it has the strongest support from the party’s grassroots.

“Not only will it help us augment an aggressive media buy, but it also continues to show that Scott Gessler has the real grassroots momentum, despite Beauprez’s DC connections,” said Rory McShane, Gessler’s campaign manager.  “So far in the 2014 cycle, the Gessler campaign has received 3,482 separate donations–that shows conservatives in this state know Scott Gessler is the one candidate with a real record of achievement.”

Whichever candidate wins the primary, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper remains a heavy favorite for reelection.

Hickenlooper has raised a record amount of money for this point in the campaign cycle; and on Monday, his campaign announced that it has locked in $906,000 in TV air time for the final month of the fall campaign.

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