Cynthia Coffman

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is announcing her entrance into the Republican primary for governor.

Coffman’s announcement Wednesday comes on the heels of former Rep. Tom Tancredo’s grand entrance into the race last week.

Candidates already in the running and raising money fast are State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, District Attorney George Brauchler, businessman Doug Robinson and former state lawmaker Victor Mitchell.

The latecomers face a challenge in raising funds, but Coffman told the Denver Post she’s confident the “money is going to come.”

Coffman’s decision will create a vacancy in her attorney general office, but folks expected her to enter the gubernatorial race and have been lining up to fill her old position.

On the Republican side, state Rep. Cole Wist of Centennial is interested in the job, as is U.S. Rep. Ken Buck.

Running on the Democratic side is Phil Weiser, former dean of the law school at the University of Colorado.