Colorado Dem John Hickenlooper, who just dropped out of the presidential race, will now challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardener for the U.S. Senate:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he’ll seek Democratic nomination for GOP Sen. Cory Gardner’s Senate seat.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) August 22, 2019
“Send Hick to the U.S. Senate,” he says:
— Elena Schneider (@ec_schneider) August 22, 2019
Launch video here:
Former Democratic Presidential candidate Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announces his 2020 #COSen bid to unseat 1st term GOP Senator Cory Gardner: “I’m not done fighting for the people of Colorado.” https://t.co/McrAF7zF4Z
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) August 22, 2019
The latest polls show Hickenlooper beating Gardner by a large margin (Hillary won the state in 2016 48%-43%):
— Emerson Polling (@EmersonPolling) August 20, 2019
John Hickenlooper never made it above 1% in presidential polls, but when it comes to the Colorado Senate race, his prospects look much better. According to a poll by Public Policy Polling, Hickenlooper leads incumbent Cory Gardner by 13 points.https://t.co/ZmvLfAJONq
— Hardball (@hardball) August 18, 2019
It was only a week ago that he left the presidential race:
Hickenlooper last year brushed off entreaties from Washington Democrats to challenge Gardner, widely seen as the most vulnerable Republican senator in the country. Instead he mounted a longshot presidential campaign that collapsed before it ended in mid-August.
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) August 22, 2019
Not every liberal is happy about it:
lackeys of the fossil fuel industry like Hickenlooper running for United States Senate during the final days of potential climate action is a crime against humanity
— Bill Humphrey ? (@BillHumphreyMA) August 22, 2019
There are already 11 Dems in the primary race:
“Hickenlooper is not special. He’s not a savior. We don’t need him” -Colorado DEMOCRATS attacking @Hickenlooper at the mere thought of him jumping in the Senate race. #COsen #COpolitics https://t.co/KmzwxMA93v
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) August 21, 2019
Sen. Gardner’s reaction? From his campaign manager, Casey Contres:
“To us Governor Hickenlooper is just another liberal in the clown car.”
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