John Hickenlooper Drops Out of Presidential Race

The Denver Post via Getty Images

The Denver Post via Getty Images


We ran the numbers: There are 591 news articles covering this topic. 31% (181) are left leaning, 50% (298) center, 19% (112) right leaning.

On Thursday, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper announced that he is ending his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. He tweeted “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.” Hickenlooper, along with fellow low-polling candidates Beto O’Rourke and Steve Bullock, has been under pressure to run for Senate in Colorado against Republican incumbent Cory Garnder. He has said that he will give that possibility serious consideration.

A left-leaning article from the New York Times on Hickenlooper’s withdrawal focuses on the possibility that he might run for Senate. They write, “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.” A victory for Hickenlooper in Colorado would go a significant way toward making the Senate more blue.

A centrist article from Bloomberg also notes the possibility that Hickenlooper may run against Gardner for the Senate seat. The article recounts the history of Hickenlooper’s campaign–writing, “Hickenlooper made the first two rounds of Democratic debates but did not make a lasting impression. His message that he’s a moderate with a record of bipartisanship has failed to resonate. A RealClearPolitics aggregate of polls has him failing to reach 1% support among primary voters, which means he might not have qualified for the third round of debates Sept. 12-13 in Houston.”

The right-leaning New York Post published a brief article in which they recount his presidential run and his promise to think seriously about a Senate run. Right-leaning articles tended to be fairly short and to the point, simply reporting that Hickenlooper is no longer in the running for the Democratic nomination.