Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper exits the presidential race

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper exits the presidential race

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Former Colorado governor and former presidential candidate John Hickenlooper (D) announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Thursday (twitter.com/John Hickenlooper)

WASHINGTON – Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is no longer seeking the Democratic nomination for president, Hickenlooper announced in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday afternoon.

“Today, I’m ending my campaign for President,” Hicklenlooper said in the video. “But I will never stop believing that America can only move forward when we work together.”

Hickenlooper said he is instead considering a challenge to incumbent GOP Sen. Cory Gardner next year. Gardner is considered a moderate Republican. He has represented Colorado since in the upper chamber since 2015. Gardner is considered one of the most endangered Republicans seeking re-election in 2020.

CNN first reported Thursday morning that Hickenlooper was poised to exit the race. He seldom polled above 1%.

Hickenlooper’s exit means there are 23 Democrats seeking their party’s nomination.

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads by a significant margin in most polls.

Hickenlooper, 67, served as Colorado’s chief executive from 2011-19. Prior to that he served eight years as mayor of Denver.

As governor, Hickenlooper signed legislation to expand Medicaid, require background checks for firearm transfers and provide funds for rural development.

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