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Colorado’s Hickenlooper Says 2020 Senate Run ‘Unlikely,’ But Speculation Mounts

The governor is widely considered a possible presidential candidate in 2020. But he could also run for U.S. Senate, according to some in the state.

By NTK Staff | 07.09.2018 @12:00pm
Colorado’s Hickenlooper Says 2020 Senate Run ‘Unlikely,’ But Speculation Mounts

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), serving his last year as a term-limited governor of the western state, is the subject of frequent speculation about potential Democratic candidates for president in 2020.

In the past few weeks, though, some in the state are whispering about a different political future for Hickenlooper: U.S. Senate.

Denverite reported last week:

There’s also been some chatter about a potential U.S. Senate run [for Hickenlooper]. So could we expect an answer after summer ends?

“He’s not going to say anything about it while he’s still governor,” University of Denver professor Seth Masket said about Hickenlooper declaring a presidential run. “I think we’ll know for sure roughly a year from now.”

Denverite noted that Hickenlooper’s moderate brand could torch a presidential run early, and convince Hickenlooper to drop down to a U.S. Senate run.

Ironically, a big reason why he was elected in Colorado could end up being an issue on the national stage. His perception as moderate might not fly in this new political ecosystem for a party that might want a candidate who’s more interested in fighting rather than sparring.

It’s unclear how Coloradans would react to being treated as a backup option by their former governor. But the speculation is mounting enough that Politico asked Hickenlooper about it this weekend. According to the publication’s “Morning Tech” newsletter, he said a U.S. Senate run is “unlikely.”

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