Mon. Jul 13th, 2020

Former Gov. Hickenlooper Wins Colorado Senate Primary, Will Take on Trump Enabler Cory Gardner In The Fall

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) speaks at the United States Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, U.S., January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RC1866C8A6A0

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper won Tuesday’s Democratic Senate primary in Colorado and will face Sen. Cory Gardner, one of the most vulnerable Republican senators on the ballot this fall.

Hickenlooper defeated Andrew Romanoff, leading him, 59 percent to 41 percent, in the early returns when The Associated Press called the race within a half-hour of the end of voting.

Hickenlooper entered the race as the favorite after consolidating significant support from national and Colorado Democrats against Romanoff, the former state House speaker running on a more liberal platform.

It was just one of just several major races across the country Tuesday. Republicans are also voting in primaries in two major House battlegrounds, and former Utah Gov. John Huntsman is in a primary battle to win back his former job.

The Colorado race was the most significant contest on Tuesday because the state is essential for Democrats’ path back to the Senate majority. Hickenlooper entered the race last summer after his brief presidential bid, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee immediately endorsed him along with a handful of candidates who dropped out of the race to get behind Hickenlooper.

Hickenlooper was the prohibitive favorite for months, leaning on his successes in his two terms as governor and his universal name ID and positive image among the state’s voters.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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