Hickenlooper decides to join crowded Senate race in Colo.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential contest last week, has launched a bid for a U.S. Senate seat with the aim of ousting Cory Gardner, regarded as one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans in 2020.
Hickenlooper, who announced his decision Wednesday night, had been under pressure from national and state Democrats to abandon his presidential ambitions to challenge Gardner.
Hickenlooper’s announcement upends a crowded Democratic primary field in Colorado.
A recent poll conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group for an unnamed national organization showed Hickenlooper with a massive lead in a potential Democratic Senate primary, favored by 61 percent of likely voters.
The nearest rival came in at 10 percent.