Report: John Hickenlooper In Talks To Drop Out And Run For Senate Instead

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 4: Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper speaks to members of the media in front of the state Capitol about the recent mass shootings on August 4, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.Two mass shootings... DENVER, CO - AUGUST 4: Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper speaks to members of the media in front of the state Capitol about the recent mass shootings on August 4, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.Two mass shootings occurred in less than than 24 hours over the weekend leaving many in shock. A total of 20 died in the El Paso shooting, followed by nine killed in Dayton, Ohio less than 24 hours later. Hickenlooper is running for President in 2020. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 13, 2019 7:09 p.m.

2020 Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper is reportedly considering dropping out of the presidential race to run for a Senate seat.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the former Colorado governor, who’s currently polling at one percent in the crowded Democratic primary race, is in talks to launch a campaign against Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO).

Hickenlooper reportedly spent 20 minutes driving around Iowa with fellow 2020 candidate Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) on Friday to talk about the decision.

However, unnamed Democratic officials told the Times that the decision isn’t final.

With over 20 Democratic candidates running to unseat President Donald Trump and most of them polling at one percent or less, there’ve been calls for some of the candidates to aim for the Senate instead. In order to gain control of the Senate, Democrats would need to win four GOP-held seats in 2020.

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