FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper speaks on the Iowa State Honest in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, who dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race final week, stated on Thursday he’ll run for a Senate seat within the state as an alternative.
Hickenlooper, 67, stays well-liked in Colorado and has been urged by quite a few Democrats, together with Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer, to problem incumbent Republican Cory Gardner for his Senate seat.
“I’m working to provide Colorado’s priorities and values a voice in Washington,” Hickenlooper stated on his web site.
“Proper now we’re represented by a senator who works to undo our progress by voting 99% of the time with Donald Trump and going together with (Senate Majority Chief) Mitch McConnell’s obstruction and partisan political video games.”
Hickenlooper was amongst a number of Democrats in a big 2020 subject who struggled with low opinion ballot numbers and confronted calls to run as an alternative in different aggressive races.
Jay Inslee withdrew from the race on Wednesday and was broadly anticipated to run for a 3rd time period as Washington Governor, chopping the variety of Democrats remaining within the race to 22.
Reporting by Doina Chiacu; modifying by John Stonestreet