DENVER - Ending speculation about a possible entry into the Governor's race, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers endorsed former congressman Bob Beauprez on Monday.
In a statement, Suthers called Beauprez "far and away the best candidate" in the crowded field of seven GOP contenders.
That field also includes former congressman Tom Tancredo, current Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, State Sen. Greg Brophy and former state lawmaker Mike Kopp.
"It's a big boost for Beauprez," said 9NEWS GOP political expert Ryan Frazier. "Suthers one of the most well-respected Republicans in the state and his endorsement carries a lot of weight."
Frazier also said that thus move signals to him that the list of contenders is done growing.
"At this point I think the field is settled and I think the field is going to be whittled down," Frazier said.
Candidates wishing to appear on the June primary ballot have until the end of March to file petition signatures for ballot access.
Alternatively, they can gain ballot access by winning 30 percent or more of the delegates at the GOP state assembly on April 12.