ColoradoPols highlights one of the particular dangers facing the Colorado Republican Party right now resulting from the bizarre governor's race. According to state law, a "major" party is one whose gubernatorial nominee received at least ten percent of the vote in the most recent election. Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes is now polling below 17 percent and is still dropping like a stone.
If Maes finishes below ten percent, then the Colorado Republican Party is technically not a major party for the next four years. This, it turns out, strongly affects how the party can raise money. Major party candidates are allowed to raise money in both the primary and general election cycles. Minor parties, however, can only raise money in a primary cycle if there's a primary challenger. This would substantially reduce Republican candidates' ability to fundraise during the next two cycles.