Tom Tancredo

From Ballotpedia
(Redirected from Thomas Gerard Tancredo)
Jump to: navigation, search
The information about this individual is current as of when his or her last campaign ended. See anything that needs updating? Send a correction to our editors
Tom Tancredo
Tom Tancredo.jpg
Governor of Colorado
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 24, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Colorado, District 6
Bachelor'sUniversity of Northern Colorado
Personal website
Campaign website
Tom Tancredo campaign logo
Thomas Gerard "Tom" Tancredo (b. December 20, 1945) is a former Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District of Colorado and ran for Governor of Colorado in the 2014 elections.[1]

Tancredo opted to not seek re-election to U.S. House in 2008 but came out of political retirement to mount a third party campaign for the Governor of Colorado in 2010, ultimately losing current Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper in the November general election.

In the 2010 gubernatorial election, Tancredo decided to run as a Constitution Party candidate after allegations against both of the Republican candidates weakened the GOP's position in the race. His bid led to rifts and even open feuding with former Republican allies who accused him of potentially splitting the vote. After losing the gubernatorial race, Tancredo returned to his old party, re-registering as a Republican.

While in Congress, Tancredo was known for firebrand rhetoric and strong positions on U.S. Immigration policy.


  • University of Northern Colorado (B.A.)

On The Issues Vote Match

Tom Tancredo'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, Tancredo is a Hard-Core Conservative. Tancredo received a score of 22 percent on social issues and 92 percent on economic issues.[2]

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[3]
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 Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
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 Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[2] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



See also: Colorado Gubernatorial election, 2014

Tancredo ran for election to the office of Governor of Colorado in 2014. He announced his candidacy on May 21, 2013.

He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]

Primary Election Results

Governor of Colorado, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Beauprez 30.2% 116,333
Tom Tancredo 26.7% 102,830
Scott Gessler 23.2% 89,213
Mike Kopp 19.9% 76,373
Total Votes 384,749
Election Results via Colorado Secretary of State.

Hickenlooper vs. Tancredo
Poll John Hickenlooper (D)* Tom Tancredo (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
(Aug. 15-21, 2013)
Public Policy Polling
(December 3-4, 2013)
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

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.[4] 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).[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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."[8]

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. [9]

General election

Hickenlooper, Beauprez, Matthew Hess (Libertarian), Harry Hempy (Green) and various unaffiliated candidates competed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[10][11]

In September 2014, Governing rated the race between Hickenlooper and Beauprez as a "Toss-up" while The Cook Political Report gave Hickenlooper a slight advantage with a "Lean D" rating.[12][13]


See also: Colorado gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Tancredo faced Dan Maes (R), Jaimes Brown (L) and John Hickenlooper (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010. Hickenlooper won the election with 51% of the vote.

On November 2, 2010, John Hickenlooper won election to the office of Governor of Colorado. He defeated Tom Tancredo (ACP), Dan Maes (R), Jaimes Brown (L), Jason Clark (I) and Paul Fiorino (I) in the general election.

Governor of Colorado, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Hickenlooper 51% 912,005
     American Constitution Party Tom Tancredo 36.5% 651,232
     Republican Dan Maes 11.1% 199,034
     Libertarian Jaimes Brown 0.7% 12,314
     Independent Jason Ray Clark 0.5% 8,576
     Independent Paul Fiorino 0.2% 3,483
Total Votes 1,786,644
Election Results Via: The New York Times

Recent news

Know more information about this profile?
Submit a bio

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Tom + Tancredo + Colorado + Governor"

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Tom Tancredo News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Suggest a link
Campaign Facebook
Campaign Twitter


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Denver Post, "Former Rep. Tancredo running for Colorado governor," May 23, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 On The Issues, "Tom Tancredo Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  3. 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.
  4. Bob Beauprez for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed June 25, 2014
  5. Associated Press, "Colorado - Summary Vote Results," last updated June 25, 2014
  6. CBSlocal, Denver, "Bob Beauprez wins Colorado GOP Primary," June 24, 2014
  7. ProgressNow Colorado, "Republicans head for repeat disaster as "Both Ways Bob" claims nomination," June 24, 2014
  8., "Former Rep. Bob Beauprez wins GOP primary for Colorado governor," June 24, 2014
  9. The Denver Post, "Hickenlooper fundraising passes $3 million mark," July 1, 2014
  10. Reuters, "Former congressman Beauprez to challenge Colorado governor," June 24, 2014
  11. Colorado Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Official Candidate List," accessed June 23, 2014
  12. Governing, "2014 Governors Races," September 10, 2014
  13. The Cook Political Report, "Governors Race Ratings 2014," September 15, 2014