Hickenlooper Announces Run for Colorado Senate

The Denver Post via Getty Images

The Denver Post via Getty Images


We ran the numbers: There are 395 news articles covering this topic. 33% (129) are left leaning, 47% (186) center, 20% (80) right leaning.

After dropping out of the presidential race last week, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper has announced that he is running for Senate in Colorado in 2020. He is running with the hopes of ousting Senator Cory Gardner, who is considered to be one of the most vulnerable Republican senators in the upcoming election. Hickenlooper faced significant pressure after dropping out to run against Gardner, as many polls showed him winning that race. Retaking Gardner’s senate seat would be a significant win for the Democrats. An announcement video posted on Wednesday night framed Hickenlooper as a “straight shooter,” showing him shooting pool at the Denver brewery he co-founded. Hickenlooper has said that as senator, he would work to protect the health insurance of people with preexisting conditions, lower prescription drug prices, combat climate change, and protect Colorado’s expansive and biodiverse public lands.

The Washington Post notes in a left-leaning article that the Democratic party views the Colorado senate race as a “prime pickup opportunity” in their attempt to reclaim the Senate in 2020. They also remark that Hickenlooper’s candidacy has upended the crowded race for Gardner’s seat, with Hickenlooper polling at a whopping 61 percent and the nearest rival at 10 percent. 

Centrist coverage from Bloomberg explains Hickenlooper’s background as a geologist, brewer, mayor of Denver, and governor of Colorado prior to his presidential bid. The article also notes that Hickenlooper last year rejected calls to run against Gardner, saying that the Senate did not appeal to him. 

A right-leaning Daily Caller article quotes extensively from Hickenlooper’s senate campaign website, which claims that Gardner is going along with President Trump’s and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “obstruction and political games.” The article also quotes from the National Republican Senate Committee, whose spokesperson said that he had flopped on the national stage and that he is “not cut out” for Senate. Headlines from right-leaning articles tend to describe Hickenlooper and his campaign as “failed.”