AP sources: Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter won’t run for re-election
January 6, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic sources tell The Associated Press that Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter won’t run for re-election this fall.
The first-term Democrat was elected in 2006 in a pivotal swing-voting state. He has been widely considered a rising star in the Democratic Party.
Two Democrats with knowledge of Ritter’s decision disclosed it on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the governor’s political plans.
Among potential Democratic candidates: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff, a former state legislator who currently is challenging Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet for the party’s U.S. Senate nomination.
Two Republicans are seeking the GOP nomination: former congressman Scott McInnis and businessman Dan Maes.