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John Hickenlooper ending his 2020 White House bid

18 August 2019

"I am ending my campaign", he said, thanking his staff and supporters for their "great work against long odds". "In nearly every regard, this journey has been more exciting and more rewarding than I ever imagined", Hickenlooper said in what will likely be his final campaign video.

"People want to know what comes next for me", Hickenlooper said in a statement. Yet, three states in particular come to mind when comparing the Senate and presidential race: Texas, Colorado and Montana. They remind me how much is at stake for our country and our state. "I intend to give that some serious thought". "I've heard from so many Coloradans who want me to run for the United States Senate", he added.

Several Democratic presidential candidates are already reacting to Hickenlooper's decision, including Sen. He ended his campaign amid calls for him to instead run for the U.S. Senate.

The two-term former Colorado governor, who ran as a moderate warning of the perils of extreme partisanship, struggled with fundraising and low polling numbers.

Hickenlooper was the second to drop out of the race for the Democratic Party nomination, following congressman Eric Swallwell who dropped out in early July.

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"A little over six months ago I announced my run for president".

In that same interview, Hickenlooper acknowledged that it will be hard to garner the media's attention due to the crowded field of candidates. However, if he jumps into the Senate race, polls indicate he would have a massive advantage over other Democratic candidates for the nomination, and would be a major priority for national Democratic interests.

His exit from the presidential race likely signals the beginning of the field's inevitable winnowing over the next few months.

A source close to the campaign told Denver7 ahead of the announcement that Hickenlooper had not yet committed to running in the Senate race, though he has been speaking with advisers. Numerous Colorado Democrats have launched primary bids for Sen. Only two of the 22 seats are in states Hillary Clinton won in 2016: Colorado and Maine.

He began his White House campaign in March, promising to unite the country. But doing so, O'Rourke said in his hometown 12 days after a mass shooting there, "would not be good enough for this community". Following Donald Trump's racist tweetstorm against four Congresswomen of color last week, Daines chimed in with his own Twitter statement saying that "Montanans are sick and exhausted of listening to anti-American, anti-Semite, radical Democrats trash our country and our ideals..." David Perdue in order to focus on protecting and expanding voting rights. Hickenlooper did not share his plans for the future, but acknowledged people in his home state wonder whether he will pursue a Senate bid.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hickenlooper has become a fairly-popular figure spanning parties in Colorado.

Even in a crowded Democratic primary, Hickenlooper is still seen as the party's strongest candidate to take on Gardner. The former mayor and craft brewer answered that he didn't think he was "cut out" for Congress.

John Walsh, who served as US attorney in Denver during the Obama administration, is also running, as are Andrew Romanoff, a former statehouse speaker who has struggled to find a second act in politics since leaving the Legislature a decade ago, and Alice Madden, who served as House majority leader with Romanoff and also left public office in 2009.

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John Hickenlooper ending his 2020 White House bid