The state's "tea party" groups, many of which have backed dark-horse candidate Mr. Maes, had urged Mr. Tancredo to rescind his ultimatum and allow the political process to play out.
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Some 33 percent said they would support Mr. Maes, and 16 percent said they planned to support Mr. Tancredo, who left the party to run as a candidate for the little-known American Constitution Party.
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