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Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper dropped out the presidential race on August 15 after failing to make an impact. Rumors swirled the day before that he considered dropping out to run for the Senate even though he often stressed he is “not cut out to be a senator.”
That stance officially changed on Thursday. Hickenlooper announced his Senate campaign to unseat Republican Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020.
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Hickenlooper released a video today. The video’s description says, “Brewer, scientist, small biz owner, former Mayor, and Governor. Husband. Dad. Occasional banjo player. He/Him/His.”
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“I’ve always said Washington was a lousy place for a guy like me who knows how to get things done — but this is no time to walk away from the table,” Hickenlooper says in his campaign announcement video. “We ought to be working together to move this country forward and stop the political nonsense. I know changing Washington is hard, but I want to give it a shot. I’m not done fighting for the people of Colorado.”
Hickenlooper’s entry into the Colorado Senate race is a key get for Democrats who have been struggling to recruit candidates in their effort to win control of the Senate in 2020. He will seek to challenge Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican seen as one of the most vulnerable lawmakers in 2020.
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The Democrats took over the House of Representatives in 2016, but could not make a dent in the Senate. If the Democrats win the White House in 2020, they only need to flip three Republican seats to take over the Senate. If Trump wins, then they need four seats.
I blogged on August 14 that hypothetical polls have shown that Hickenlooper has a chance to come out on top:
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The Denver Post on Sunday published polling done...
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