Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper drops out of 2020 presidential race as he mulls Senate run

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John Hickenlooper, former governor of Colorado and 2020 presidential candidate, pauses while speaking during the Progress Iowa Corn Feed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S., on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race on Thursday as he struggled to gain traction in a crowded field.

“I ran for president because this country is being ripped apart by politics and partisan games while our biggest problems go unsolved. Now 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 in a video shared on social media. He added that he expected a “very different conclusion.” 

Colorado Democrats have urged Hickenlooper abandon his bid and instead join the state’s U.S. Senate race, where Democrats hope to unseat Republican incumbent Cory Gardner. In the video Thursday, Hickenlooper said he heard “from so many Coloradans who want me to run for United States Senate.” He said he would “give that some serious thought.” 

Democrats have perhaps their best chance to flip a GOP-held seat next year in Colorado. Already, more than 10 Democrats have jumped into the Democratic Senate primary. As he has high name recognition from two terms as Colorado’s governor, Hickenlooper would immediately become a top contender for the Senate seat if he entered the contest. 

Hickenlooper, a moderate, has failed to attract much attention since declaring his presidential candidacy in March. He has generally sat at 1% in the polls. He raised just $1.1 million in the second quarter, among the lowest hauls of any of the candidates.

Hickenlooper’s paltry second-quarter fundraising placed his campaign in danger of running out of money, according to Politico.

His campaign endured a shakeup in early


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