DENVER (AP) - The governor's race has officially begun and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper is touring southern Colorado as potential Republican opponents increase attacks on his record.
Hickenlooper is stopping in a handful of rural southern Colorado towns on Wednesday a day after several visits to parts of the Eastern Plains.
His office says the tour is not related to his re-election campaign. But the stops offer the governor valuable face time with voters in rural communities several hours from Denver.
Hickenlooper was expected to run for re-election, but he made it official with paperwork filed Tuesday.
In Pueblo Tuesday, former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and Secretary of State Scott Gessler criticized Hickenlooper for signing new gun restrictions and supporting an income tax increase for school funding that voters will consider in November.
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