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Hickenlooper ousts Beauprez for Aspen-area funds

Polls show a tight race between Gov. John Hickenlooper and challenger Bob Beauprez in the state gubernatorial race. But from Basalt to Aspen, the fundraising contest wasn't close in the most recent reporting period.

From Sept. 25 to Oct. 8, Hickenlooper collected $7,920 in contributions from 20 upper Roaring Fork Valley residents, according to Aspen Times research of Colorado Secretary of State's Office campaign finance reports released Wednesday. Beauprez raised $800 from three upvalley supporters during the same cycle.

All told, Hickenlooper raised $392,785 in monetary contributions during the period; Beauprez brought in $262,150.

Hickenlooper has made three fundraising stops in Aspen since July, and Pitkin County Democratic Chairwoman Blanca O'Leary said his presence here has certainly helped.

"We are a very Democratic county, and I think people here love the job Gov. Hickenlooper is doing," she said.

In the 2010 gubernatorial race, Hickenlooper was easily the top vote-getter in Pitkin County, grabbing 5,258 votes, which equated to 72.3 percent. American Constitution candidate Tom Tancredo, once considered a dark horse for the GOP nomination in the current election, drew the second-most votes with 954, or 13.2 percent. Republican Dan Maes saw the third-most votes, 943, or 13 percent, in Pitkin County.

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Meanwhile, as she was preparing for the weekly Wednesday night meet-and-greet and free barbecue for visitors to the Pitkin County Republican Party headquarters on Hyman Avenue, Chairwoman Frieda Wallison said she wasn't reading too much into the latest fundraising numbers.

"I don't think it reflects anything with respect to (Beauprez's) campaign," she said. "He had a fundraiser here in July, and that's been it."

Yet Wallison said as close as the race appears to be — a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday showed Beauprez with a 46 percent to 42 percent lead over Hickenlooper — getting out the vote will be critical.

"I think it's a matter of the ground effort throughout the state," she said. "And typically Republicans turn out (to the polls) better in off years."

rcarroll@aspentimes.com