The ballot drop off station on Bannock Street in downtown Denver on Election Day 2017.

(Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

The race to become Colorado's next governor is wide open, because Democrat John Hickenlooper is term limited next year. 

At least fourteen people are vying for the job.  Why are there so many candidates this cycle?

University of Denver political scientist Seth Masket has some ideas. 

He wrote about the gaggle of candidates in the magazine Pacific Standard – “What’s With All The Candidates?”

He spoke with Colorado Matters Host Ryan Warner.