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Colo. candidate McInnis protests poll as harmful

Lynn Bartels
The Denver Post

Colorado Republicans will take a straw poll in the gubernatorial race at their fall meeting in Keystone despite candidate Scott McInnis’ concern that it will lead to party infighting.

McInnis last week sent a letter to the Colorado Republican Executive Committee saying the party’s focus should be on defeating Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter in 2010.

McInnis, a former congressman, is running against Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry and businessman Dan Maes.

McInnis said he will skip the meeting, but Penry will attend.

Mike Britt, Penry’s campaign manager, said Penry has been winning straw polls statewide and he thinks that is why McInnis is bowing out.

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