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Tancredo to run for CO governor as indie

The Denver Post is reporting that former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo, who ran for president in 2008, will run for Colorado governor as an independent.

"I will officially announce at noon [Colorado time] that I will seek the nomination of the constitution party," Tancredo told the Denver Post.

Last week, Tancredo threatened to launch a third-party bid unless the two Republicans running for governor -- Scott McInnis and Dan Maes -- promised to drop out of the race AFTER the Aug. 10 primary. McInnis is currently embroiled in a plagiarism scandal.

These developments -- Tancredo's bid, McInnis' plagiarism scandal -- probably increase the chances that Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, the Democratic nominee, might win this race in November.