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Colorado: Friday Afternoon Roundup

•Breaking: Tom Tancredo and Dan Maes vow to stay in governor’s race

*****CompleteColorado.com updates on an alleged “meeting” and “damaging evidence” regarding Maes being challenged by Colorado GOP Chair Dick Wadhams that was discussed in a Politico scoop (see story below), Colorado GOP “disappointed” in Maes’ decision to stay in race.

•The November ballot has been certified:

•Rachel Maddow of MSNBC takes a look back at Colorado’s “entertaining” gubernatorial race:

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Politico reports on attempts to push Maes out of the race:

In a meeting Friday morning, party chairman Dick Wadhams and other members of the state GOP executive committee met with Maes to present what one called “damaging evidence” that hasn’t yet been made public but would further erode his standing as a candidate, according to the source. [emphasis added]

A second Republican consultant confirmed the account and said while there was no explicit ultimatum presented by the chairman to Maes, the message was clear.

“It was: Do you really want to put your family through this? If you stay in the race, you’ll have to endure this and this,” said the Republican, citing potential reports by the Denver Post. […]

“Dan is listening to the concerns of those who believe he should stay in the race, as well as those who believe he should step aside. He has no plans to exit the race at this time,” said Maes spokesman Nate Strauch.

•Tom Tancredo, who left the Republican Party to run as a third-party candidate in a failed gambit to induce both current GOP nominee Maes and former Congressman Scott McInnis, whose own campaign imploded following a plagiarism scandal, has vowed to stay in the race even if Maes drops out:

“How can I do that? I can’t do it,” Maes said Thursday afternoon on the Caplis and Silverman Show on KHOW 630 AM. “That rubicon has been crossed. Once you start raising money from a lot of people, you just can’t keep doing this about I may get out.

Twice I made the offer. They refused. Now we’re they’re just going to have to live with it. And I’m even enjoying it.”

Tancredo appears to have won the first debate by default, according to FaceTheState.com.

•In U.S. Senate news, the Washington Post blog “The Fix” says that Ken Buck’s campaign joins a handful of others where the GOP candidate could get carried over the finish line in November thanks to a widening “enthusiasm gap.”

Sen. Jim DeMint dishes on the success of his picks backed by the Senate Conservatives Fund with National Review Online, noting that the success of the candidates who have upset the GOP establishment represent a return to “principled, free-market roots,” and not a power-play for party leadership on his part.

•The New York Times profiles college students and young adults in its feature “Fewer Young Voters See Themselves as Democrats”–using Larimer County and Colorado State University as a microcosm for the state, and concluding that the youth vote may be up for grabs and should not be viewed as a unified voting bloc:

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