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Hickenlooper had to apologize for insensitive comments about race, and he was also cited for contempt by the state ‘s Independent Ethics But instead of turning into the latest progressive beachhead in the party’s primary battles, Hickenlooper looks likely to turn back the challenge and
The former state House speaker unsuccessfully challenged newly-appointed Sen. Romanoff has piled on to the GOP attacks, running an ad that says, “We can’t take this kind of risk if we’re going to beat Cory Gardner” and calling for a “fresh, progressive voice in the Senate.”
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper fended off a challenge from former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the Democratic Senate primary in Colorado on Tuesday, overcoming a series of stumbles and gaffes in his bid to take on Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).
Hickenlooper, who was persuaded to run for Gardner’s Senate seat after an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, was widely considered the favorite to win the primary. But verbal gaffes and a run-in with Colorado’s state ethics commission put him on a rockier-than-expected path to the Senate nomination, giving a new opening to Romanoff.
Primary elections today: 4 things to watch in Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma
Last week’s down-ballot primary action in Kentucky and New York still isn’t settled, but it’s time for three more states — Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma — to host primaries Tuesday, and there’s at least one contest in each state that could help shape the balance of power in Congress next year. require([“medianetNativeAdOnArticle”], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle)
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Colorado is one of three states , along with Utah and Oklahoma, holding nominating contests on Tuesday. Colorado and Utah primarily vote through ” Hickenlooper was sleepwalking through this campaign so maybe this woke him up,” said Floyd Ciruli, a veteran independent pollster in Colorado .
Hickenlooper’s near-universal name ID in Colorado, relative popularity and fundraising aptitude ultimately helped him overcome his recent stumbles. When Romanoff began airing an ad criticizing Hickenlooper over ethics violations earlier this month, Colorado’s Democratic establishment swiftly condemned the move and urged the former state House speaker to drop the line of attack.
Still, Republicans are set to seize on Hickenlooper’s stumbles. Chief among them is an ethics complaint stemming from his tenure as Colorado governor. The complaint, filed in 2018, accused Hickenlooper of taking a private flight to Connecticut and a limousine ride in Italy in violation of the state’s ban on public officials accepting gifts.
Democrat Josh Hicks wins Kentucky primary to challenge Andy Barr
Marine veteran and former police officer Josh Hicks won the Democratic primary in Kentucky’s 6th District on Tuesday and will face off against Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) in November.Hicks, also an attorney, won with 72 percent of the vote, easily prevailing over rival Daniel Kemph in the June 23 primary, according to The Associated Press. Results were revealed Tuesday after taking into account the flood of mailed-in ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. Barr was declared the winner of the GOP primary last week.Hicks switched parties from Republican to Democrat in 2016, citing his lack of faith in President Trump’s Republican Party.
Hickenlooper sent his condolences, a gentle moment after a tense month in the head-to-head Eight remained until the spring, when only the moderate Hickenlooper and the progressive Romanoff made their Justin Wingerter is a political reporter for The Denver Post, primarily covering Colorado ‘s
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will try to secure the state ‘s Democratic U.S. Senate nomination on Tuesday after a series of stumbles in a race vital to the party’s hopes of recapturing Senate control in November. Hickenlooper , recruited to run last year by national Democrats after.
Hickenlooper was held in contempt by the state Ethics Commission after he declined to appear at a scheduled hearing. The commission later ruled that the private flight and limousine ride violated the state’s ethics rules, and moved to fine the former governor $2,750.
Romanoff, who sought to run in the progressive lane of the primary race, hoped to rally the political base that helped Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) win Colorado’s Democratic presidential primary in March. He argued that Hickenlooper would ultimately fail to excite liberal voters and that his ethics violations would weaken him against Gardner.
But Hickenlooper’s primary win on Tuesday suggests that Colorado’s growing bloc of Democratic voters were largely unphased by the ethics violations. With the win under his belt, Hickenlooper will face off against Gardner in November in a race that both parties see as crucial to deciding control of the Senate.
Democrats need to flip either three or four Republican-held seats, depending on which party wins control of the White House in November, to take control of the chamber, and they see Gardner as one of their top targets.
Colorado has trended in Democrats’ favor in recent years, culminating in 2018 when the party won control of the state government for the first time since 1936. Democrats have also gained a roughly 80,000-person voter registration advantage over Republicans in the state.
Another factor that may work against Gardner is November is President Trump’s presence on the ballot. Trump lost Colorado to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and remains deeply unpopular there. Democrats say that unpopularity is likely to trickle down ballot to Gardner in November.
Rep. Scott Tipton ousted in Colorado GOP primary .
The fifth-term congressman lost to Lauren Boebert, the owner of a restaurant where servers open-carry and who is supportive of the “QAnon” conspiracy theory.Boebert — whose Rifle, Colo., restaurant advertises the fact that its wait staff open-carries firearms — hit Tipton for his record on immigration and co-sponsoring coronavirus legislation that would give aid to local governments. She has said that she hopes the elaborate “QAnon” conspiracy theory that sinister forces inside the government are working to thwart President Donald Trump is true.