Hick­en­looper de­cides to join crowded Se­nate race in Colo.

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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