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10 Biggest Election Wins

6. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) Beats Tom Tancredo (C) & Dan Maes (R)

That sound you heard just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night was a massive Democratic sigh of relief. Democrats planned their party convention in Denver in 2008 in hopes of planting their flag in Colorado. Tom Tancredo, coasting on the powerhouse American Constitution Party ticket, gave Democrats and Republicans a real scare. It took some serious misplays by Republican candidates to make that a reality. First, the presumed nominee, Scott McInnis, was fouled up by a plagiarism scandal, handing the reins over to the Tea Party’s Dan Maes. Then Maes was caught fudging about his record as a police officer. In came Tancredo, sensing opportunity. The same man who declared in February that Barack Obama was put in the White House by illiterates threatened to become the leader of a state with a population that is 20 percent Hispanic. Tancredo’s candidacy—given a final push by Sarah Palin—shocked even his own allies in the anti-immigration fight. One activist told The Daily Beast, “I never gave it a chance.” Turns out, he was right. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

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