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    John Hickenlooper Ends Struggling Presidential Campaign

    John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor whose low-key brand of moderate politics made him popular in his home state but limited his appeal in a Democratic primary filled with urgent progressive energy, announced on Thursday that he was ending his presidential campaign.

    Mr. Hickenlooper has been seriously considering a run for the Republican-held Senate seat in Colorado that is up for election in 2020 ? a key pickup target in the Democrats? strategy to try to retake control of the Senate. Democrats familiar with Mr. Hickenlooper?s planning said they did not expect him to make an announcement about a Senate run on Thursday.

    This morning, I?m announcing that I?m no longer running for President. While this campaign didn?t have the outcome we were hoping for, every moment has been worthwhile & I?m thankful to everyone who supported this campaign and our entire team.

    Mr. Hickenlooper?s White House bid never gained significant traction and struggled so acutely that top staff members departed. He failed to break through in the polls, raised less money than most of his competitors and was all but certain to miss the cutoff for the Democratic debates in September.

    A failure to qualify for the debates would have added to a growing list of humbling moments for Mr. Hickenlooper, 67, who is also a former Denver mayor, brewpub owner and geologist. All too often he found himself in front of small, distracted crowds at campaign events. He was mistaken at one point for a member of the news media and at another for a different candidate.

    Mr. Hickenlooper is the second candidate to withdraw from the Democratic presidential field since it expanded significantly in the spring. Representative Eric Swalwell of California exited the race in July. Twenty-three others are still seeking the nomination.

    Mr. Hickenlooper had been in discussions about withdrawing from the presidential primary since at least early this month and running for the Senate instead. Colorado is a purple battleground state, and flipping the seat currently held by Senator Cory Gardner is all but mandatory if Democrats hope to have any chance of retaking the Senate.

    A recent poll showed Mr. Hickenlooper with more than a 50-point lead over the current leading Democrats in the race for the party?s nomination for the Senate seat; another poll showed him ahead of Mr. Gardner by 13 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup. Those surveys were conducted by Democratic polling firms.

    Mr. Hickenlooper has largely resisted the idea of running for Senate. But this month, as his presidential campaign lurched along, Mr. Hickenlooper?s communications director told CNN that the former governor had not ?closed the door to anything.? Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, has spent months trying to recruit Mr. Hickenlooper to enter the Senate contest. And during a recent trip to Iowa, Mr. Hickenlooper hopped into the car of Colorado?s Democratic senator, Michael Bennet, to discuss his impending decision.

    He is one of a handful of presidential candidates, including former Representative Beto O?Rourke of Texas and Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, who have been encouraged by some Democrats to drop their bids for the White House and run for the Senate.

    On policy, Mr. Hickenlooper sought to carve out space for himself as a moderate option for voters during an election cycle that has seen progressive ideas flourish. A successful entrepreneur who helped open a chain of Midwestern pubs and restaurants, Mr. Hickenlooper staunchly defended capitalism and rejected socialism ? even when it earned him disdain.

    In kicking off his campaign, he also pitched himself as a unifier who could help mend what he called a ?crisis of division.? But in a partisan era in which many Democrats are seething with anger toward President Trump, messages about compromise and compassion from Mr. Hickenlooper and some of his rivals have largely fallen on deaf ears.

    As it turned out, the July debates would be Mr. Hickenlooper?s final opportunity to speak to millions of Americans at once. He spent much of the evening pushing back on liberal policy ideas like ?Medicare for all? and the Green New Deal. With momentum behind the more popular and progressive candidates onstage with him, Mr. Hickenlooper at times appeared under strain.

    And yet, when it was his turn to give a brief closing statement, he began by expressing only unbridled enthusiasm.

    ?What a night,? he said. ?I?ve loved it.?
    I have to wonder if he's questioning why he caved in to the likes of Bloomberg only to gain no traction within the party.
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    He'll run against Cory Gardner instead....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gman View Post
    I have to wonder if he's questioning why he caved in to the likes of Bloomberg only to gain no traction within the party.
    Doubt it, does any democrat experience remorse about the tyranny they're trying to impose on the rest of us.

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    I have to assume he knew from the get go that his presidential campaign was nothing more than a way for him to gin up publicity for a senatorial run or, at best, a cabinet appointment in the event of a Democratic presidential win.
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    My money is on Kamala Harris. She ticks all the social justice boxes.

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    Hick was never a serious contender anyway. All this did was garner a bit of attention his way for a senatorial run.
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    Yep...this one surprised me. I guess he's just not quite bat-shit leftist crazy enough for the democrat base these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin View Post
    I have to assume he knew from the get go that his presidential campaign was nothing more than a way for him to gin up publicity for a senatorial run or, at best, a cabinet appointment in the event of a Democratic presidential win.
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    Hick was never a serious contender anyway. All this did was garner a bit of attention his way for a senatorial run.
    Considering he gets to keep any money raised. He's already ahead of the game in his run against Gardner. Who i doubt will get re-elected
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    Quote Originally Posted by Great-Kazoo View Post
    Considering he gets to keep any money raised. He's already ahead of the game in his run against Gardner. Who i doubt will get re-elected
    Knocked it out of the park.
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    I think the only reason he threw his hat in the ring as a presidential candidate was to build a campaign funds war chest and build some publicity.

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