- Former two-time governor John Hickenlooper on the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in the June 30 primary.
- Hickenlooper defeated former Colorado House spokesman Andrew Romanoff to face vulnerable Republican Senator Cory Gardner.
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Former governor John Hickenlooper defeated Andrew Romanoff, former spokesman for the Colorado House of Representatives, for the US Senate's democratic nomination for the GOP Sen. Cory Gardner.
Gardner, who was elected to the Republican wave for the first time in 2014, is now one of the most vulnerable incumbent GOP senators. Since then, Colorado has rapidly changed from a swing state to a much more reliable democratic state at the federal level.
– Drawn Savicki (@SenhorRaposa) June 29, 2020
Hickenlooper, former mayor of Denver with two terms from 2004 to 2010, served two terms as governor of the state, who was first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.
Several people who worked with Hickenlooper said to insiders in 2019 that as a pragmatic governor, he had found a balance by advancing progressive political priorities, cutting government spending in some areas, and working with Republicans on legislation.
Hickenlooper ran an ultimately unsuccessful campaign to nominate the Democratic President and announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate shortly after leaving the presidential competition in August 2019.
Romanoff worked at the Colorado House from 2000 to 2008 and was the House Speaker from 2005 to 2008. He led the U.S. Senate in 2010 as a progressive primary opponent for Senator Michael Bennet and as a democratic candidate for the U.S. House in District 6 in 2014, he lost to former MP Mike Coffman.
Hickenlooper was very popular to win the area code, however has had some setbacks in the past few weeks when the state's independent ethics committee contempted him for opposing a subpoena that was supposed to appear before the panel. After appearing to testify, the commission sentenced him for violating state ethics laws by accepting private flights and limousine travel as governors.
However, the latest poll found that it was double-digit ahead of Romanoff for the primary nomination. A SurveyUSA survey commissioned by Colorado Politics and 9News The survey, conducted from June 19-24, found that Hickenlooper Romanoff leads by 30 points. 58% of these polls said they voted for Hickenlooper, 28% said they voted for Romanoff, and 15% were undecided.