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Bob Beauprez
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Former candidate for
Governor of Colorado
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Chairman, Colorado Republican Party
1999-2002
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Colorado, District 7
2003-2007
Personal
Place of birthLafayette, Colorado
ProfessionEditor-in-chief; Buffalo rancher
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
Bob Beauprez campaign logo
Robert Louis "Bob" Beauprez was a Republican candidate for Governor of Colorado in the 2014 elections.[1] Bob Beauprez lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

From 2003-2007, Beauprez served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 7th congressional district of Colorado.

He was considered a potential candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014, but decided to enter the gubernatorial race instead.[2]

Beauprez made his first bid for the governorship in 2006, while he was still serving in Congress. He lost to Democrat Bill Ritter in the general election on November 7, 2006, by a wide margin of 17 percentage points.[1]

On June 24, 2014, Beauprez overtook three opponents in the Republican primary, winning the party's nomination with 30 percent of the vote. He faced Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper and several minor party and unaffiliated candidates in the general election, which Hickenlooper narrowly won.[3]

Biography

Beauprez was raised on a dairy farm in Colorado, where he worked for over four decades. He and his wife then bought and ran a community bank. Under their management, they opened 12 new branches.[4]

His political career began in earnest when he became Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party in 1999. He held the role until 2002, when he was first elected to the U.S. House by the voters of Colorado's 7th Congressional District. After completing two terms in Congress, Beauprez returned to northwest Colorado to work on his family's buffalo breeding ranch.[4]

In addition to the family business, Beauprez serves as editor-and-chief of A Line of Sight, an online magazine about public policy.[5] Beauprez has published one book, entitled A Return to Values: a Conservative.[4]

Political career

U.S. House of Representatives (2003-2007)

Beauprez was first elected to the United States House of Representatives by voters of the 7th congressional district of Colorado in 2002, and was sworn in the following January. He ran for, and won, re-election in 2004 and left office after his second term expired in January 2007. During his four years in the U.S. House, Beauprez was assigned to the Committees on Ways and Means, Veterans Affairs and Transportation.[4]

On The Issues Vote Match

Bob Beauprez's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Beauprez is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Beauprez received a score of 33 percent on social issues and 95 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[6]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Neutral
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Unknown Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Colorado Gubernatorial election, 2014 and United States Senate elections in Colorado, 2014

Beauprez ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Colorado in 2014. His running mate for lieutenant governor was Jill Rapella.[8]

He won the Republican nomination in the June 24 primary and was defeated by Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper in the general election. Matthew Hess (L), Harry Hempy (G) and several unaffiliated candidates were also on the ballot.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

In late 2012, Beauprez' name surfaced on a short list of possible Republican challengers to incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D) in the 2014 U.S. Senate elections.[9] In the end, Beauprez opted against entering the U.S. Senate race, and filed his candidacy for governor on March 3, 2014.[1]

Results

Primary election
Governor of Colorado, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Beauprez 30.2% 115,430
Scott Gessler 23.2% 88,608
Mike Kopp 19.8% 75,778
Tom Tancredo 26.7% 101,983
Total Votes 381,799
Election Results Via:Colorado Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 97% precincts reporting.

Results

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hickenlooper/Joseph Garcia Incumbent 49.2% 987,547
     Republican Bob Beauprez/Jill Rapella 46.1% 924,494
     Libertarian Matthew Hess/Brandon Young 1.9% 38,667
     Green Harry Hempy/Scott Olson 1.3% 26,622
     Unaffiliated Mike Dunafon/Robin Roberts 1.2% 23,521
     Unaffiliated Paul Fiorino/Charles Whitley 0.3% 5,787
Total Votes 2,006,638
Election Results via Colorado Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Race background

Democratic nomination

Democratic incumbent Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper ran for re-election in 2014 alongside Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia (D). Hickenlooper and Garcia were first elected together in 2010. They were uncontested for re-nomination in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.

Republican nomination

On June 24, qualified Colorado voters selected Bob Beauprez as the Republican nominee for governor. It was the only contested primary for a statewide office held that day. Beauprez represented Colorado's 7th Congressional District from 2003 to 2007 and he was the 2006 Republican nominee for governor.[10] He drew 30 percent of the primary vote, according to unofficial totals, defeating Tom Tancredo (27 percent), Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (23 percent) and Mike Kopp (20 percent).[11] Gessler shunned a possible second term as secretary of state in 2014 in favor of an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to challenge Hickenlooper for the state's top office. Since Gessler was knocked out of the governor's race, he was unable to make a bid for re-election to his current post.

While Beauprez trailed most of his primary opponents in fundraising leading up to the primary, the Democrats made him their number one target for attack, leading Republican voters unfamiliar with Beauprez to perceive him as a serious threat to Hickenlooper. Beauprez also stood out as the preferred choice of the Republican establishment, which favored Beauprez over Tancredo in particular. A former Republican colleague of Beauprez in the U.S. House, Tancredo raised the most money and campaigned more aggressively this election. But by running against Hickenlooper in 2010 on the American Constitution Party ticket and later switching his affiliation back to Republican, Tancredo had cultivated a reputation among party members as a wildcard.[12]

Despite his crushing double-digit loss in the 2006 governor's race, often invoked by opposition groups such as ProgressNow Colorado, who called Beauprez "one of Colorado’s most storied political losers," in a pre-primary press release, the GOP establishment placed their faith in Beauprez in the 2014 election.[13] About that defeat, which occurred during his last term in Congress, Beauprez reflected, "I’m even more experienced than I was eight years ago. I’m certainly a lot wiser."[14]

On the advertising front, the primary campaign season was a relatively quiet one for the governor's race. This changed after the primary election, however, as Hickenlooper shifted out of his unopposed reverie into active campaign mode . According to the candidates' campaign finance reports due July 1, Hickenlooper raised nearly $3 million in preparation for the second phase of this campaign cycle and ended the reporting period with $579,268 of cash on hand. Meanwhile, Beauprez, having weathered a tough primary battle, was left with a mere $34,921 cash on hand. Beauprez' total fundraising for the cycle as of June 25 was $351,921, and he already faced loans exceeding $500,000, most of which he lent to himself. [15]

General election

Hickenlooper, Beauprez, Matthew Hess (Libertarian), Harry Hempy (Green) and various unaffiliated candidates competed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[16][17]

In September 2014, Governing rated the race between Hickenlooper and Beauprez as a "Toss-up" while the The Cook Political Report gave Hickenlooper a slight advantage with a "Lean D" rating.[18][19]

Debates

October 6 debate

A debate hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce evolved from an economics discussion into a clash over public safety issues between John Hickenlooper (D) and Bob Beauprez (R). Beauprez blamed Hickenlooper for lax oversight of state prisons, citing recent instances where inmates convicted of violent crimes were released without public notice. Hickenlooper noted that once a criminal has served a sentence, there is no legal rationale for keeping him incarcerated. He also argued that the state legislature failed to pass a new law in 2013 that would have created an intermediary step between prison and freedom for inmates with psychological issues or histories of violent behavior.[20]

Hickenlooper and Beauprez also shared their views on controversial topics including marijuana legalization and immigration policy during the debate. The incumbent pointed out that other states should take notice of the difficulties Colorado faces in the early days of marijuana legalization. Hickenlooper noted that Colorado residents who supported legalization were "reckless" and lacked the information to make an informed vote.[20]

Beauprez joined Hickenlooper in addressing a touchy political subject by bringing up his stance on immigration policy. The Republican candidate had previously argued that illegal immigrants should be sent back to their home countries before returning through official channels. Beauprez suggested during the debate that this process would not be necessary as part of immigration reform.[20]

Polls

General election

Colorado Governor General Election-Hickenlooper, Beauprez, Hess and Hempy
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Bob Beauprez (R)Matthew Hess (L)Harry Hempy (G)OtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
September 10-15, 2014
40%50%3%3%1%3%+/-2.81,211
Quinnipiac University
October 8-13, 2014
42%46%5%1%0%6%+/-3.1988
Public Policy Polling
October 16-19, 2014
45%44%1%2%1%7%+/-3.5778
Quinnipiac University
October 15-21, 2014
45%44%1%2%1%7%+/-3.1974
NBC News/Marist
October 24, 2014
46%41%4%2%1%6%+/-3.6755
Quinnipiac University
October 22-27, 2014
40%45%4%2%0%9%+/-3.4844
SurveyUSA
October 29, 2014
46%46%2%1%1%4%+/-4618
AVERAGES 43.43% 45.14% 2.86% 1.86% 0.71% 6% +/-3.36 881.14
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hickenlooper, Beauprez and Hess

Colorado Governor General Election-Hickenlooper, Beauprez and Hess
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Bob Beauprez (R)Matthew Hess (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
October 16, 2014
44%48%6%3%+/-4695
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Hickenlooper vs. Beauprez

Colorado Governor General Election - Hickenlooper vs. Beauprez
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Bob Beauprez (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
March 13-16, 2014
48%38%14%+/-4.1568
Magellan (R-Liberty Foundation of America)
April 14-15, 2014
50%35%5%+/-3.7717
Public Policy Polling (D-National Coalition for Safer Roads)
April 17-20, 2014
48%41%11%+/--618
Quinnipiac University
April 15-21, 2014
48%39%10%+/-2.71,298
Rasmussen
June 25-26, 2014
44%44%8%+/-4.0750
NBC/Marist
July 7-10, 2014
49%43%7%+/-3.1914
Gravis Marketing
July 8-19, 214
49%43%8%+/-3.01,106
Quinnipiac University
July 10-14, 2014
43%44%10%+/-2.91,147
Public Policy Polling (D)
July 17-20, 2014
44%43%12%+/-3.8653
CBS/NYT/YouGov
July 5-24, 2014
48%48%1%+/-3.01,990
NBC/Marist
September 1-2, 2014
43%39%9%+/-3.1795
Rasmussen
September 3-4, 2014
44%45%8%+/-3.5800
High Point University
October 4-8, 2014
44%46%10%+/-3.5876
CNN/ORC
October 9-13, 2014
49%48%3%+/-4665
Monmouth University
October 17-20, 2014
50%43%7%+/-4.7431
AVERAGES 46.73% 42.6% 8.2% +/-2.91 888.53
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hypothetical match-ups
Hickenlooper vs. Tancredo

Hickenlooper vs. Tancredo
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Tom Tancredo (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
46%45%1%9%+/-2.91,184
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
48%40%0%12%+/-3.2928
AVERAGES 47% 42.5% 0.5% 10.5% +/-3.05 1,056
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hickenlooper vs. Gessler

Hickenlooper vs. Gessler
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Scott Gessler (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
47%42%1%10%+/-2.91,184
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
47%40%0%12%+/-3.2928
AVERAGES 47% 41% 0.5% 11% +/-3.05 1,056
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hickenlooper vs. Brophy

Hickenlooper vs. Brophy
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Greg Brophy (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
47%40%1%12%+/-2.91,184
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
44%43%0%12%+/-3.2928
AVERAGES 45.5% 41.5% 0.5% 12% +/-3.05 1,056
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)
Hickenlooper vs. Kopp

Hickenlooper vs. Kopp
Poll John Hickenlooper* (D) Mike Kopp (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
45%37%0%17%+/-3.2928
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Incumbency is denoted by asterisk (*)


Campaign media


Bob Beauprez Campaign Announcement - Posted to YouTube 3/2014

Colorado Deserves Better -- Beauprez for Colorado - Posted to YouTube 5/16/14

2006

On November 7, 2006, Bill Ritter won election to the office of Governor of Colorado. He defeated Bob Beauprez (R), Dawn Winkler (L), Paul Fiorino (I), Clyde Harkins (C) and Charles "Chuck" Sylvester (Write-in) in the general election.

Governor of Colorado, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Ritter 57% 888,095
     Republican Bob Beauprez 40.2% 625,886
     Libertarian Dawn Winkler 1.5% 23,323
     Independent Paul Fiorino 0.7% 10,996
     Constitution Clyde Harkins 0.6% 9,716
     Write-in Charles "Chuck" Sylvester 0% 389
Total Votes 1,558,405
Election Results Via: Connecticut Secretary of State

Personal

Beauprez currently resides in Lafayette, Colorado, with his wife, Claudia, and their son, Jim.[4]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Denver Business Journal, "9News: Bob Beauprez enters Colorado governor's race," March 3, 2014
  2. Fox31 Denver, "Schaffer, Beauprez, Brophy keeping 2014 options open," November 20, 2012
  3. Colorado Secretary of State, "Statewide Results: Governor - Republican Party," June 27, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Bob Beauprez for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "About," accessed June 27, 2014
  5. Townhall.com, Finance, "Columnists: Bob Beauprez," accessed June 27, 2014
  6. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  7. On The Issues, "Bob Beauprez Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  8. Bob Beauprez for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Meet Jill," accessed October 9, 2014
  9. Fox31 Denver, "Schaffer, Beauprez, Brophy keeping 2014 options open," November 20, 2012
  10. Bob Beauprez for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed June 25, 2014
  11. Associated Press, "Colorado - Summary Vote Results," last updated June 25, 2014
  12. CBSlocal, Denver, "Bob Beauprez wins Colorado GOP Primary," June 24, 2014
  13. ProgressNow Colorado, "Republicans head for repeat disaster as "Both Ways Bob" claims nomination," June 24, 2014
  14. foxnews.com, "Former Rep. Bob Beauprez wins GOP primary for Colorado governor," June 24, 2014
  15. The Denver Post, "Hickenlooper fundraising passes $3 million mark," July 1, 2014
  16. Reuters, "Former congressman Beauprez to challenge Colorado governor," June 24, 2014
  17. Colorado Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Official Candidate List," accessed June 23, 2014
  18. Governing, "2014 Governors Races," September 10, 2014
  19. The Cook Political Report, "Governors Race Ratings 2014," September 15, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 The Denver Post, "Pot, immigration trip up governor, Senate candidates in Denver debates," October 6, 2014