Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis is the favorite to win re-election, having made history as the first openly gay man elected governor in the U.S. four years ago.

Due to the national environment, Republicans are somewhat intrigued by this race — but they face yet another instance where a weaker and more polarizing nominee could win the GOP primary. That's a scenario Democrats would be glad to see and are helping happen, wading into the race to try and boost former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez over University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl.

The libertarian-leaning Polis separated himself somewhat earlier this year when he was among the first Democratic leaders to loosen COVID restrictions, canceling the state emergency last July and declining to reinstate mask mandates, having left it up to individual cities before. "We're not just going to, you know, just wear masks for the heck of it. So unless we're convinced that this requirement is necessary to save our hospital capacity, which it obviously was before the vaccine existed, then why would we do it? So I

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