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Politics John Hickenlooper wins Colorado Democratic primary, will face Sen. Cory Gardner

05:15  01 july  2020
05:15  01 july  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Hickenlooper beats back progressive challenge in Colorado primary

  Hickenlooper beats back progressive challenge in Colorado primary 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.).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.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will try to secure the state 's Democratic U.S. Senate nomination on The winner will face conservative Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner , one of the country's most vulnerable incumbents in a state that has drifted

John Hickenlooper and former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff are competing for the Democratic primary to face Sen . Since then, Colorado has rapidly shifted from a swing state to a much more reliably Democratic state at the federal level.

Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper has defeated former Colorado House speaker Andrew Romanoff in the Democratic race and will face GOP incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner in November.

The Associated Press called the race in Hickenlooper's favor little more than 20 minutes after polls closed in the state's all-mail election on Tuesday.

Shortly after polls closed at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, statewide ballot reporting from the Colorado Secretary of State office showed Hickenlooper enjoying a lead of 60% to Romanoff's 40% with more than 600,000 ballots cast.

Primary results: Highlights from Colorado and Oklahoma

  Primary results: Highlights from Colorado and Oklahoma The latest round of primaries on Tuesday led to a top Democratic Senate recruit escaping his primary damaged and Republicans vying for a chance to run in a competitive House race unable to coalesce around one candidate. © Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summi Then Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks onstage in 2018 in New York City. Hickenlooper won the Democratic primary for a US Senate seat on Tuesday. John Hickenlooper won his primary but not without suffering some blows, something the top Democrats who recruited the former Colorado governor had hoped to avoid.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will try to secure the state 's Democratic U.S. Senate nomination on The winner will face conservative Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner , one of the country's most vulnerable incumbents in a state that has drifted

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will try to secure the state 's Democratic U.S. Senate nomination on The winner will face conservative Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner , one of the country's most vulnerable incumbents in a state that has drifted

Race preview: Colorado Senate race between Hickenlooper, Romanoff a choice between moderate, progressive

Hickenlooper's defeat of Romanoff snaps the Democratic left's surge that started earlier this month in a New York City race, where a Black middle school teacher declared victory over Rep. Elliot Engel before the results of mail-in ballots were released. Romanoff is a former moderate who turned himself into a populist, running against the moderate favorite of the Democratic establishment and promising a Green New Deal and single-payer health care.

John Hickenlooper wearing a suit and tie: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper poses for a portrait during a visit to the Coloradoan newsroom on Monday, October 15, 2018. © Austin Humphreys/The Coloradoan Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper poses for a portrait during a visit to the Coloradoan newsroom on Monday, October 15, 2018.

But he could not overcome both Hickenlooper's immense financial edge — the former governor out-raised Romanoff by about 7-to-1 — and his deep name ID and reservoir of goodwill among voters stemming from two terms in the governor's mansion.

Hickenlooper aims for Colorado Democratic primary win in crucial Senate fight

  Hickenlooper aims for Colorado Democratic primary win in crucial Senate fight The winner will face Sen. Cory Gardner, one of the most endangered Republican incumbents, as the GOP clings to its slim majority.Hickenlooper is facing off against Andrew Romanoff, a former state house speaker who is running to his left.

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 The winner will face conservative Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner , one of the country’s most vulnerable

John Hickenlooper jumps into the Colorado Senate race with universal name recognition Cory Gardner , said Doug Friednash, a former chief of staff to Hickenlooper . He listed off issues from Democrats need to flip three seats to gain the Senate majority if they win the White House, and their

That's why Senate Democrats recruited Hickenlooper to take on Gardner, widely seen as the most vulnerable Republican in the Senate because Colorado has shifted so much to the left. For a brief moment during the primary, it looked like that shift, combined with striking missteps by Hickenlooper, might give Romanoff a chance.

Hickenlooper defied a subpoena from the state's independent ethics commission over Republican charges that he violated the ethics law by taking private flights and car trips as governor. A self-made multimillionaire, Hickenlooper had said he'd happily testify in person in the case but refused to appear virtually until a judge rejected his attempt to quash the subpoena and the commission found him in contempt.

The commission found Hickenlooper had violated the law in one flight and one limousine trip at the secretive Biltsberger meetings in Rome. Then, amid the protests over police violence against Black people, Hickenlooper garbled the meaning of the slogan “Black Lives Matter.” The following week, an African American Romanoff supporter tweeted a 6-year-old video of Hickenlooper jokingly comparing politicians to slaves being whipped to row “an ancient slave ship.”

Colorado votes for Democrat to take on GOP Sen. Cory Gardner

  Colorado votes for Democrat to take on GOP Sen. Cory Gardner Colorado will vote on Tuesday to pick a Democrat to take on GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, a choice that will define one of the party's best opportunities to defeat an incumbent Republican on its quest to take back the Senate. © Provided by CNN Former two-term Gov. John Hickenlooper, who ran a short-lived campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, is the national party's pick to take on Gardner, one of two Republicans facing reelection in a state Hillary Clinton carried in 2016. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced his Senate candidacy on Thursday, giving Democrats a widely Cory Gardner , a Republican seen as one of the most vulnerable lawmakers in 2020. While his national profile and experience as the state 's former chief executive make him the

John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff are vying to challenge U.S. Sen . Cory Gardner in Colorado 's 2020 general election. “We tested Hickenlooper , as he is the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination,” Curtis Hubbard of OnSight Public Affairs told The Denver Post

The combination of the gaffes and setbacks was enough to lure Republicans to launch millions of dollars in ads attacking Hickenlooper. Democrats responded with defensive ads, and Romanoff then jumped in and added his own attack ad versus the former governor.

Colorado's Democratic establishment, from Gov. Jared Polis to Sen. Michael Bennet, condemned Romanoff for the move. Then, days later, a big-money group that will not disclose its donors launched a $1 million ad campaign slamming Romanoff for spearheading an anti-illegal immigrant bill in 2006. Romanoff has since apologized for the bill.

Republicans hope that Hickenlooper has been banged up enough to give Gardner a chance in the November election. Though Colorado has turned sharply against Trump, Gardner hopes to portray himself as a hardworking senator who fights for his home state, in contrast to Hickenlooper, who the GOP sees as hapless and driven by his ego.

Democrats, however, contend that Hickenlooper surviving the primary shows that voters don't view him like a standard politician and trust him deeply. Meanwhile, they plan to tie Gardner closely to Trump, who is unpopular in the state. No Republican has won a statewide election in Colorado since 2014, when Gardner won by less than 2 percentage points in a strong year for Republicans. Hickenlooper was reelected as governor that year by a wider margin.

Live results for the June 30 primaries

  Live results for the June 30 primaries Voters in Colorado, Utah, and Oklahoma are casting their ballots.The biggest contest shaping up is a fierce Democratic primary race between former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who are competing to take on Sen. Cory Gardner (R) this fall for a seat that national Democrats view as a top target to flip control of the US Senate.

John Hickenlooper in a closely watched U.S. Senate Democratic primary . After a campaign season unlike any other, in which part Hickenlooper , meanwhile, largely avoided talking about Romanoff, keeping the focus on Gardner and President Donald Trump, in accordance with his long history of

These Colorado Democrats are vying to take on U.S. Sen . Cory Gardner in 2020. A large number of Coloradans announced their candidacy in the 2020 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate Gardner , a Yuma Republican, is seen as vulnerable after state voters handed decisive victories to Democrats

This article originally appeared on Fort Collins Coloradoan: John Hickenlooper wins Colorado Democratic primary, will face Sen. Cory Gardner


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