McInnis dismisses calls to quit race

By Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times

DENVER | Colorado Republican Scott McInnis rebuffed calls to drop out of the gubernatorial race in the wake of plagiarism accusations that have rocked his campaign.

“He is not withdrawing from the race,” McInnis campaign spokesman Sean Duffy wrote in an e-mail.

Colorado Republican Party chair Dick Wadhams said that the party would not pressure Mr. McInnis to withdraw, and that even if he did, the GOP would not replace him on the primary ballot with another candidate.

“Whatever Scott decides is what ought to happen. It’s his decision,” Mr. Wadhams said. “If he withdraws, we are not going to put another name on the ballot, but having said that, I don’t think he’s going to withdraw.”

Even so, speculation about potential replacements for Mr. McInnis continued to swirl. Among those Republicans mentioned were University of Colorado president Bruce Benson, former Rep. Tom Tancredo, and state Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry.

It is already too late to change the ballots for the Aug. 10 primary. The Colorado Secretary of State’s office said the mail-in ballots already have been printed and will be mailed Monday.

“All county clerks have the ballots printed and ready to go,” said Secretary of State spokesman Rich Coolidge.

If Mr. McInnis did withdraw before the Aug. 10 primary, any votes for him would not be tabulated. If he won but then withdrew, Republicans could appoint a vacancy committee to name a replacement.

Two Republicans appear on the gubernatorial primary ballot – Mr. McInnis and businessman Dan Maes. Although Mr. Maes won more delegate votes at the state convention, he’s considered the far weaker general election candidate, with little name recognition and fundraising.

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