Cynthia Coffman

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman has decided to switch tactics from collecting petition signatures and will instead pursue the GOP nomination for governor through the caucus process on March 6 and then the assembly.

That gives her less than three weeks to get her ducks in a row. Coffman said in a statement that she made the decision because the race had “shifted significantly in recent weeks.”

“Many supporters and the party faithful have encouraged me to go through caucus and assembly, and I’ve listened. I am confident I have the message and the momentum to go to the state assembly and win,” Coffman said.

Citing her 2014 win at the contested assembly for the attorney general nomination, Coffman says she’s confident she can do it again.

Coffman’s campaign did not specify, but said that thousands of signatures had already been collected. However, those efforts have been suspended.

In the party process, Coffman will compete against former Trump campaign official Steve Barlock, Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter III, Teri Kear, former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez, and Jim Rundberg.

Candidates collecting voter signatures include State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Victor Mitchell and Doug Robinson.