Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper officially ended his presidential run Thursday. Hickenlooper attempted to position himself as a centrist Democrat without success and failed to qualify for the third and upcoming Democrat presidential debate.

In a statement announcing the end of his presidential campaign, Hickenlooper hinted at a potential Senate run. High-ranking Democrats are pressuring the former Governor to challenge Sen. Gardner as polling suggests Hickenlooper could unseat the first-term Senator.

From Mercury News:

“Today, I’m ending my campaign for President. But I will never stop believing that America can only move forward when we work together,” Hickenlooper said.

“I’ve heard from so many Coloradans who want me to run for the United States Senate,” Hickenlooper said in a statement on Thursday. “They remind me how much is at stake for our country.”

He said he would give the idea “serious thought.”

Buoyed by distaste for Trump and unprecedented efforts to register new voters in key districts, Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives last year, giving the party greater power to stymie Republican policies and advance their own. A takeover of the Senate would allow Democrats to effectively block Trump’s efforts to nominate conservative judges and pass new laws even if the Republican is re-elected.

To that end, some Democrats have urged presidential hopefuls who have failed to win significant support to consider running for the Senate in their home states. Montana Governor Steve Bullock and former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas, have resisted such calls.

Hickenlooper on Thursday officially notified federal election authorities that he was ending his campaign.

Mary blogged about the hypothetical polling of the Colorado Senate race here.

 
 
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