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Will Hickenlooper End Presidential Campaign to Run for the Senate?

Will Hickenlooper End Presidential Campaign to Run for the Senate?

Hypothetical polls show he could defeat incumbent Cory Gardner.

Another one bites the dust? The 2020 Democratic presidential field may lose another person.

The New York Times reported that Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has started to consider dropping out of the race to challenge Republican Se. Cory Gardner in 2020.

Four Democrat sources told The Times that Hickenlooper had a drive around Clear Lake, IA, the other night to discuss the possibility with Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennett:

Hickenlooper campaign said Tuesday that the former two-term governor is giving serious consideration to switching to the Senate race but stressed that a final decision has not yet been made. Short of a massive change in political momentum, Mr. Hickenlooper is certain to fail to qualify for the next round of presidential debates in September, an additional blow to a campaign struggling to attract attention and financial contributions.

A spokesman for Mr. Hickenlooper, Peter Cunningham, declined to comment on the former governor’s plans or what was discussed during his Friday night drive with Mr. Bennet, who is also running for president. A Bennet aide also declined to comment on their discussion.

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.

Hickenlooper has publically brushed aside the idea of running for the Senate, but high Democrat officials in Colorado want him to challenge Gardner. Hypothetical polls have shown that Hickenlooper has a chance to come out on top:

The Denver Post on Sunday published polling done on behalf of “a national Democratic group involved in Senate races” that showed Mr. Hickenlooper holding a 51-point lead over two other Democrats in the state’s 2020 Senate race.

On Monday, the 314 Action Fund, a super PAC that backs candidates who are scientists, announced a “Draft Hick for Senate” campaign along with a poll it commissioned showing Mr. Hickenlooper leading Senator Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican seeking re-election, by 13 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup.</blockquote

Many senior advisors told Hickenlooper in the spring to end his campaign. If the situation did not get better they would leave.

Many have left because Hickenlooper maintains a position in the bottom tier. He spends more than he brings in from fundraisers.


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If the idea of switching to a different race is even in his mind then he doesn’t deserve to win either. It shows that he’s more interested in a career in politics than in actually accomplishing anything.

So who gets his 0%? Paddy O’Rourke?

Sticky Chin Harris and Lickenpooper on the same ticket.

2smartforlibs | August 14, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Think of the war chest these affirmed losers have after they suspend their campaigns.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | August 14, 2019 at 4:09 pm



One of the not totally insane Dem candidates. He never had a chance.

The D’rats have given us such a lineup of losers and nobodies. Any one of them would make Walter Mondale seem electrifying.

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.
And the repubs want to go all in for some kind of gun control laws along with trump. Wonder how that will sit with the gun owning base.
Gun owners are a pretty big crowd in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. If even 5% say the heck with repubs, even if trump wins but the dems add the senate to the house he’ll be impeached in the first month.

He’ll have greater success and self esteem rolling doobies for fun and profit. If that doesn’t pan out there’s always CNN of any of the media spewing systems.

Subotai Bahadur | August 15, 2019 at 1:05 am

Cory Gardner is not exactly loved. He was forced on us by the Colorado State Republican Party. GOPe Registered TM

Our county TEA Party had a primary candidate debate with almost all of the 15 or so people running to replace Democrat Mark Udall in 2014. None of them were Cory Gardner. A week or so after our debate, the State Republican Party called all the primary candidates to Denver and told them that if they did not drop out forthwith, the Colorado Republican Party would refuse to support them in this race and in any other race in the future. They all dropped out.

The State Republican Party then announced that the candidate, since everyone else had dropped out, would be Congressman Cory Gardner. We were desperate enough to beat the Left, we elected him.

During the lame duck session in the House, Gardner kept up with his subservience to the Democrats, even though they could not do anything to him as an elected Senator. As a Senator, he has done the minimum possible to avoid a Conservative challenger. He does not inspire devotion from those on the Right. Hickenlooper actually has a chance, dammit.

Subotai Bahadur