Update II, 6:10 PM: Within the past hour Bob Beauprez has sent out and posted an official announcement:
Not every opportunity is the right one though, and having been presented with the potential to serve in the United States Senate, Claudia and I considered it very carefully. However after significant reflection, I will not be a candidate for the Senate in 2010.
Recently, we started a new family business, raising buffalo on a ranch in Colorado’s mountains. I’m enjoying working with our son, Jim, who is managing the ranch, much as I worked side-by-side with my own father in the dairy business. And most personally, Claudia and I love being grandparents as well as spending more time than we’ve ever had with our grown children….
Guest-hosting for Dan Caplis, Beauprez also made the same announcement on
air on 630 KHOW. Reading between the lines, I’d guess with a fair degree of
certainty that he plans to endorse Jane Norton when
she rolls out her campaign in the next few weeks.
With Beauprez out, the race isn't quiet as full. However with former Lt. Governor Jane Norton in, alone with a Beauprez endorsement, that gap gets tiny once again. With many many candidates in this race and only three possible slots via convention, this will be one long hard primary for 2010.