Another One Bites the Dust: Dem Hickenlooper Drops Long-Shot 2020 Presidential Bid; Only Raised $1.1M in 2nd Quarter

  • Former Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on Thursday that he’s dropping his 2020 presidential bid after he’s been unable to gain momentum among the crowded field of Democrats.
  • In a social media post, Hickenlooper wrote: “This morning, I’m announcing that I’m no longer running for President. 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.”
  • In a video accompanying the post, Hickenlooper said: “A little over six months ago I announced my run for president. In almost every regard, this journey has been more exciting and more rewarding than I ever imagined. Of course, I did imagine a very different conclusion.”
  • With Hickenlooper’s low numbers, “Colorado Democrats had been urging Hickenlooper to abandon his bid and instead join the state’s U.S. Senate race, where Democrats are attempting to unseat Republican incumbent Cory Gardner.”
  • According to a “New York Times” report, Hickenlooper is said to have been talking with official about entering that race.
  • As a moderate, Hickenlooper’s campaign never fully took off, and he wasn’t able to grab much attention where he “generally sat at 1% in the polls.”
  • In the second quarter, he only raised $1.1 million, which was among the lowest of all the presidential candidates.
  • According to reports, this paltry amount of fundraising put his campaign in danger of going broke.
  • Hickenlooper doesn’t plan to make a public statement or hold a news conference about the end of his bid.

Reference Links

  • The Hill: Hickenlooper ends presidential bid READ
  • CNBC: Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper drops out of 2020 presidential race READ
  • Fox: Hickenlooper expected to end White House bid Thursday, sources say READ
  • 9News: John Hickenlooper officially ends presidential campaign, says he hasn’t made a decision about running for Senate READ

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