Talk-radio host Dan Caplis regularly runs into people who urge him to run for governor next year, but he's not sure the timing is right.
State Sen. Greg Brophy would "absolutely love" to run but worries about giving up a year of income to campaign.
State Treasurer Walker Stapleton says he'd consider running for governor in 2014 — but only if it's an open race.
Yes, the 2012 election and the onslaught of ads that buried Colorado are still painfully fresh for some, but already talk has turned to the governor's race and a reccurring question:
Can the Republican Party field a serious candidate to take on Gov. John Hickenlooper, a popular Democrat who is running for a second term?
"Any good conservative candidate can beat John Hickenlooper. I think the biggest reason he can be beat is he's had the job, and the state's stuck in the mud," Caplis said.
"It's just a matter of doing it the right way. If I was to run a race, it would not be about John Hickenlooper. My focus would be the people of Colorado and how we can do better, how we can move the state forward."
But some Republicans fear any nominee would have a hard time, and compounding their worries is they also have to find a challenger to face U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat running for a second term next year.
Uncertainty in 2014
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