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Politics Hickenlooper beats back progressive challenge in Colorado primary

04:51  01 july  2020
04:51  01 july  2020 Source:   thehill.com

John Hickenlooper wins the Democratic primary for US Senate in Colorado

  John Hickenlooper wins the Democratic primary for US Senate in Colorado Former Gov. John Hickenlooper defeated Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the Democratic primary to face Sen. Cory GardnerGardner, who was first elected in the Republican wave midterm year of 2014, is now one of the most vulnerable incumbent GOP Senators. Since then, Colorado has rapidly shifted from a swing state to a much more reliably Democratic state at the federal level.

Hickenlooper had to apologize for insensitive comments about race, and he was also cited for contempt by the state 's Independent Ethics But instead of turning into the latest progressive beachhead in the party’s primary battles, Hickenlooper looks likely to turn back the challenge and

The former state House speaker unsuccessfully challenged newly-appointed Sen. Romanoff has piled on to the GOP attacks, running an ad that says, "We can't take this kind of risk if we're going to beat Cory Gardner" and calling for a "fresh, progressive voice in the Senate."

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper fended off a challenge from former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the Democratic Senate primary in Colorado on Tuesday, overcoming a series of stumbles and gaffes in his bid to take on Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).

John Hickenlooper, Andrew Romanoff are posing for a picture: Hickenlooper beats back progressive challenge in Colorado primary © The Hill Hickenlooper beats back progressive challenge in Colorado primary

Hickenlooper, who was persuaded to run for Gardner's Senate seat after an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, was widely considered the favorite to win the primary. But verbal gaffes and a run-in with Colorado's state ethics commission put him on a rockier-than-expected path to the Senate nomination, giving a new opening to Romanoff.

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Colorado is one of three states , along with Utah and Oklahoma, holding nominating contests on Tuesday. Colorado and Utah primarily vote through " Hickenlooper was sleepwalking through this campaign so maybe this woke him up," said Floyd Ciruli, a veteran independent pollster in Colorado .

Hickenlooper's near-universal name ID in Colorado, relative popularity and fundraising aptitude ultimately helped him overcome his recent stumbles. When Romanoff began airing an ad criticizing Hickenlooper over ethics violations earlier this month, Colorado's Democratic establishment swiftly condemned the move and urged the former state House speaker to drop the line of attack.

Still, Republicans are set to seize on Hickenlooper's stumbles. Chief among them is an ethics complaint stemming from his tenure as Colorado governor. The complaint, filed in 2018, accused Hickenlooper of taking a private flight to Connecticut and a limousine ride in Italy in violation of the state's ban on public officials accepting gifts.

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Hickenlooper sent his condolences, a gentle moment after a tense month in the head-to-head Eight remained until the spring, when only the moderate Hickenlooper and the progressive Romanoff made their Justin Wingerter is a political reporter for The Denver Post, primarily covering Colorado 's

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will try to secure the state 's Democratic U.S. Senate nomination on Tuesday after a series of stumbles in a race vital to the party's hopes of recapturing Senate control in November. Hickenlooper , recruited to run last year by national Democrats after.

Hickenlooper was held in contempt by the state Ethics Commission after he declined to appear at a scheduled hearing. The commission later ruled that the private flight and limousine ride violated the state's ethics rules, and moved to fine the former governor $2,750.

Romanoff, who sought to run in the progressive lane of the primary race, hoped to rally the political base that helped Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) win Colorado's Democratic presidential primary in March. He argued that Hickenlooper would ultimately fail to excite liberal voters and that his ethics violations would weaken him against Gardner.

But Hickenlooper's primary win on Tuesday suggests that Colorado's growing bloc of Democratic voters were largely unphased by the ethics violations. With the win under his belt, Hickenlooper will face off against Gardner in November in a race that both parties see as crucial to deciding control of the Senate.

Democrats need to flip either three or four Republican-held seats, depending on which party wins control of the White House in November, to take control of the chamber, and they see Gardner as one of their top targets.

Colorado has trended in Democrats' favor in recent years, culminating in 2018 when the party won control of the state government for the first time since 1936. Democrats have also gained a roughly 80,000-person voter registration advantage over Republicans in the state.

Another factor that may work against Gardner is November is President Trump's presence on the ballot. Trump lost Colorado to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and remains deeply unpopular there. Democrats say that unpopularity is likely to trickle down ballot to Gardner in November.

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