Race for Colorado GOP Chair is wide open

BY FREDA MIKLIN
GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER

The race for Colorado Republican Party chair remains open to all comers after the top contender, former gubernatorial candidate Greg Lopez, who had a two-to-one lead over his nearest competitor in a recent poll, reportedly dropped out. 

On January 6, Prodigy Consulting Group, LLC announced that it had conducted a third-party independent poll of the current membership of the Colorado Republican State Central Committee (CRSCC) during the past week to determine the frontrunner in the race for Colorado GOP Chair.

Prodigy is a political consulting firm whose founder and CEO is Weston Imer, a former Donald Trump campaign official and son of Laurel Imer, who competed in the GOP primary for CD7 in 2022, eventually losing to Erik Aadland, who was defeated in the general election by U.S. Rep. Brittany Petterson. The firm also lists Randy Corporon, Colorado’s Republican National Committeeman, as Senior Preferred Counsel.

Prodigy polled CRSCC members on their support for three announced candidates, Lopez, Casper Stockham and Vickie Tonkins, as well as Laurel Imer and State Rep. Dave Williams. Prodigy reports that Imer and Williams are considering running for the job. 

The poll found that Lopez was supported by 32.5% of CRSCC members. The next highest candidate was Stockham with 16.28%. Tonkins, Imer, and Williams were all in the single digits. 

Since Prodigy did not use a ranked choice model, they were “not able to re-allocate” the votes received by Lopez, thus the question of which announced or potential candidate enjoys the highest degree of support from CRSCC members remains wide open. The election of a new GOP State Chair will take place in March.

The Villager reached out to Lopez to confirm his withdrawal from the race but had not heard back as of press time.

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