Seems like Colorado Democrats really will be better off without incumbent Gov. Bill Ritter, who announced recently that he will not be seeking a second term.
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has decided to run, the Denver Post reports. Hickenlooper is the instant favorite to take Ritter's place as the Democratic nominee; he even got a pre-campaign endorsement from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a former Colorado senator who has said he's not getting into the race. And Hickenlooper's also the favorite to win the general election and keep the job in Democratic hands -- at the very least, he gives the party a much better chance than it had with Ritter.