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Laffey abandons bid for Gov. of Colorado after 3 days

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

After only three days Former Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey is abandoning his bid for governor of Colorado.

Laffey said he is ditching his candidacy to avoid a primary with fellow Republican Tom Tancredo who announced his candidacy Thursday.

Laffey said he and Tancredo "agree on much" noting that they will both fight for limited government, freedom, and jobs. He said he is stepping aside to give "a Republican the best chance to win."

Tancredo is not shy to Rhode Island either he spent time in the Ocean State speaking to conservative groups about stricter immigration law enforcement.

The last time Laffey faced off in a primary was 2006 when he lost his bid for the U.S. Senate seat to Lincoln Chafee.

Laffey's full statement is as follows:

"After Tom's entrance into the Governor's race yesterday, I consulted with my wife and close friends. After discussion and prayer I have decided to withdraw from the 2014 Governor's race in Colorado.

I have been in two contentious primaries, against people with whom I disagreed immensely and were leading us in the wrong direction. When I entered this race there was no one else who had the capability to bring the case for Limited Government, Freedom and Jobs to the people of Colorado. In this case, Tom and I agree on much, plus he is a good and honorable man, has a great background for the job, and will work towards producing more freedom for the people of Colorado. 

That would leave us with a divisive primary, arguing over mostly non-issues, splitting the fundraising in Colorado so that little is left for the general election (given Colorado's restrictive campaign laws), and dividing the Republican Party— ending with, for different reasons, the same disastrous results in 2014. Tom stepped in in 2010 on strong principled reasons; this will give a Republican the best chance to win in November.

This decision is best for Colorado."

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