Poll conducted by former Trump data aide shows Tom Tancredo atop Colorado GOP gubernatorial field reports:

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo talks about a potential run for governor of Colorado at a meeting of the North Jeffco Tea Party on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at Brunswick Zone Wheat Ridge Lanes in Wheat Ridge. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

Author: Ernest Luning – October 25, 2017 – Updated: October 27, 2017

Although he hasn’t launched a campaign yet, Tom Tancredo holds a wide lead in Colorado’s crowded Republican gubernatorial primary field and is in a statistical tie with leading Democratic candidate Jared Polis, according to a survey conducted by the pollster who set up the polling and data operations for Donald Trump’s  presidential campaign.

The poll shows about half the likely primary and general election voters are undecided roughly eight months before the primary and a year before the general election.

The results of the poll, obtained exclusively by Colorado Politics, show “a real path to victory” for Tancredo, whose hard-line positions on immigration have earned him a reputation as a lightning rod, said pollster Matt Braynard of the Washington, D.C.-based Braynard Group.

The survey of 1,000 likely Colorado voters and 400 likely Republican primary election voters, conducted in late September, shows Tancredo, a former congressman and two-time candidate for governor, atop a primary field of six declared and potential GOP candidates with 22.1 percent support. The runner-up, State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, had 8.5 percent support.

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