Republican Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier this evening told the Colorado Independent he is hopeful for a win over incumbent Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter in the 7th Congressional District, but is concerned because the polls have been so close.
Speaking at the Doubletree Hotel Denver Tech Center, where Republicans are gathering for what they hope will be a night of big gains, Frazier said his campaign has been strong and he is optimistic he’ll win but hesitant to predict victory in a race that is so close.
Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams wasn’t nearly as reluctant to call for a sweeping GOP victory. He told reporters Frazier will win, as will Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Ken Buck.
He said those wins will make it easier for Republicans to work with third-party governor Tom Tancredo, a former Republican turned American Constitution Party candidate whom Wadhams predicted will beat out Democratic front-runner and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.
“Tom Tancredo has done a good job of rallying the Republican base over to his side,” said Wadhams, who has taken serious heat for his support first of former congressman Scott McInnis and then Tea Party favorite Dan Maes, who beat out McInnis in the primary. Some GOP insiders have criticized Wadhams’ handling of the entire campaign.
Wadhams declined any further comment to the Colorado Independent (TCI). But Frazier spoke freely to TCI.
Asked what factor would drive voters out for him tonight, Frazier said “confidence.” He explained people would vote for him because they have confidence he’ll implement real change for both the nation and the state.