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Five minutes before the polls opened this morning, signs pushing Bill Ritter sprouted every few feet along Speer Boulevard. His name was everywhere -- so omnipresent, in fact, that it was hard to remember that at this time last year, the Colorado Democratic Party was still on the Anyone But Ritter bus, still wooing potential gubernatorial candidates -- John Hickenlooper, Andrew Romanoff -- who might give the Republicans a run for their money.

But Ritter, who'd announced his candidacy more than a year before and had already visited every county in Colorado, stayed the course. And today, he's comfortably ahead in the polls -- well on his way to giving the Democrats back the Governor Mansion.

Whether they initially wanted him there or not. -- Patricia Calhoun

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