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Hickenlooper wins Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Colorado

Hickenlooper wins Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Colorado

7/1/2020 5:45:00 AM

Hickenlooper wins Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Colorado

Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper shrugged off a series of campaign stumbles to easily win the state's Democratic U.S. Senate nomination on Tuesday, beating a progressive challenger in a race vital to the party's hopes of regaining Senate control in November.

3 Min ReadFILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper speaks on the first night of the second 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Detroit, Michigan, July 30, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper shrugged off a series of campaign stumbles to easily win the state’s Democratic U.S. Senate nomination on Tuesday, beating a progressive challenger in a race vital to the party’s hopes of regaining Senate control in November.

Hickenlooper’s victory sets up a high-profile Nov. 3 showdown with conservative Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, considered one of the country’s most vulnerable incumbents, in a campaign that will be a top priority for both parties.With more than two-thirds of precincts reporting, Hickenlooper led by nearly 20 percentage points over Andrew Romanoff, a former Colorado House speaker who had touted progressive priorities such as Medicare for All that were opposed by the more moderate Hickenlooper.

Hickenlooper was projected the winner by the Associated Press shortly after the state’s polls closed.Colorado was one of three states, along with Utah and Oklahoma, to hold nominating contests on Tuesday. Colorado and Utah primarily vote by mail, minimizing the problems with in-person voting that marred other elections during the coronavirus outbreak.

Hickenlooper, recruited to run by national Democrats after his failed presidential campaign last year, had been expected to coast to victory in Colorado but he was beset down the stretch by ethical violations and campaign gaffes, raising some doubts.He acknowledged he misspoke in late May when he said during a discussion of the “Black Lives Matter” movement that every life matters - a phrase criticized for dismissing racism against Black people. He also apologized after a six-year-old quip surfaced in which he compared a politician’s schedule to working on a slave ship.

Hickenlooper was fined $2,750 by the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission on June 12 for violating state ethics laws by accepting free travel when he was governor. He initially defied a subpoena from the panel, testifying only after he was found in contempt.

Romanoff argued that Hickenlooper’s missteps would endanger Democratic efforts to beat Gardner, a top Democratic target who is closely aligned with Republican President Donald Trump.Reporting by John Whitesides; Editing by Howard Goller and Christopher Cushing

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A crook wins be a good man. Politics is all about being slimy This man 😂 Hahaha! Wash, rinse, dry... repeat. Mass murderers on death row have a friend in Hickenlooper Glorified Republican anyway. He’s a criminal. Of course the dems wanted him. Also, all of us voted by mail, and it worked just great Colorado is officially Blue.

As a Coloradan, he wasn’t my choice but I’ll defy vote for him I et Gardner Socialist? Our guy! 👏👏👏 GOoooooo! Hickenlooper!

Democrat Hickenlooper favored to win Colorado Senate primary despite stumblesFormer 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 recapturing Senate control in November. Hell no. Another corporate stooge. Hoopenpooper, Colorado is full of idiots.

John Hickenlooper Wins Colorado Democratic Senate PrimaryThe governor’s victory sets up a high-profile contest this fall with incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner as Democrats try to win control of the U.S. Senate. Go John! This is great news👍🏽

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