On March 9, former Colorado GOP Vice Chair Mark Baisley threw his hat in the ring to run for State Chair saying that some intended to nominate him from the floor and he would accept. But on March 11, just two days later, he declined to run. Below is his statement.

As we mentioned in our original post, it is likely that Baisley and Athanasopoulos would draw votes from the same well. Rumor has it that some were pressuring Athanasopoulos to run for vice chair under Baisley, but as we confirmed on Friday, Athanasopoulos was in it to win it – as chairman, not vice chair. Athanasopoulos is running against former El Paso County Chairman Jeff Hays and former Mesa County Trump chairman Kevin McCarney. The election will take place at the state assembly on April 1.