Ed Perlmutter to drop out of Colorado governor’s race, sources say | AspenTimes.com

Ed Perlmutter to drop out of Colorado governor’s race, sources say

Mark K. Matthews
The Denver Post
U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden, speaks during a media preview of the WorldView 3 satellite, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at the Ball Aerospace Fisher Integration Facility in Boulder. (Matthew Jonas/Longmont Times-Call)
Longmont Times-Call file photo

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter plans to announce Tuesday that he will end his run for Colorado governor, just three months after the Arvada Democrat started it, according to two sources close to the campaign.

The surprise decision by the sixth-term lawmaker comes a few weeks after another Colorado Democrat, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder, said he would join the race.

The entry of Polis put substantial pressure on Perlmutter — as Polis could pour a substantial amount of his personal wealth into his campaign while Perlmutter would have to compete for campaign funds with several other well-connected Democrats, including former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy and former state Sen. Mike Johnston.

Another potential factor is the possible entry of Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne into the race.

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