A top Democrat just called it quits. He is gone forever and the political world is stunned. Some suspected he might throw in the towel, but not this soon.
In the wake of former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s entry into the U.S. Senate race, the candidate who first announced his intentions to run for the seat has dropped out. Former state Sen. Mike Johnston made the decision this week.
Johnston said, “The more we looked at it, the more I realized that to win the Democratic primary now would require a really expensive and I think a really negative campaign. And that’s not who I am, and that’s not what I believe.”
Whoever wins Colorado’s Democratic primary with face incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican who endorsed Donald Trump for president in 2016. Democrats are hoping to make political hay out of this in 2020.
Political observers are confident that Hickenlooper — with his massive name ID and relative popularity — will win the Democratic primary and be a formidable foe for Gardner.
Sadly, Colorado has lurched left in recent years and it is no longer a Republican stronghold. However, it’s important to note that while Hillary Clinton won the state in 2016, it was only with 48.2% of the vote. The state is still very much in play for the GOP.
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