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Given the likelihood that he is not the stage in the next month, the Democratic presidential debates, former two-term Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is considering a possible 2020 run for the Senate in his home country, according to sources.
Advisers close to Hickenlooper in the inner circle tell Fox News that Hickenlooper is mounting national pressure to end his longshot bid for the White house and jump into the crowded Democratic Senate primary to face off next year against the first-name GOP sen. Cory Gardner.
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Gardner, a former two-term Congressman, narrowly defeated incumbent Democratic sen. Mark Udall in 2014. The democratic Senate campaign Committee views Gardner as vulnerable by the year 2020.
A democratic source running familiar with Hickenlooper’s recent talks with the Senate Democratic leadership regarding a possible Senate, told Fox News “the DSCC wants him to fall to (his White house bid), and you want to recruit really bad.”
Hickenlooper, a geologist by training, started a successful brewery in downtown Denver and then two terms served as mayor before winning the governorship, left office in January with an approval rate of almost 20 percentage points over the water.
A new poll in Colorado released this week, said Hickenlooper would be far ahead of the rest of the already crowded field of candidates for the democratic Senate nomination, if he races to join.
The source, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, said that at a meeting in New York City earlier this month between Hickenlooper and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the chamber, “Schumer made the point that, if the Governor were to run for the Senate, he would be a total hero. … The Governor, the firewall between Mitch McConnell was left as Senate majority leader and the Democrats taking back the Senate.”
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A source close to Hickenlooper in the inner circle, told Fox News that “everybody has to come to him and said, ‘We need you, we need you, we need you”, and I think the message of “you must do this for the sake of the country’ resonates with him.”
“He is still think about,” the source added.
Hickenlooper is facing a major uphill, the two climb to meet Democratic National Committee thresholds for campaign contributions from 130,000 individual donors and at least 2 percent in four qualifying surveys – the stage in the next two debates that will take place next month and in October.
The democratic presidential candidate and former two-term Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks with Fox News in the spin room, after the second round of primary debates in Detroit on July 30.
And the clock is ticking: he has only two weeks time to qualify for the September showdown.
Fox News also confirmed a New York Times report on Tuesday evening that Hickenlooper met privately with Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado – a rival to the democratic presidential nomination – when the two crossed paths while campaigning in Iowa last week. Volunteers for both campaigns were tight-lipped about what the two discussed.
Bennet – he was superintendent of Denver schools, under the then mayor Hickenlooper, including MSNBC revealing interview on Wednesday, the topic of their conversation.
But Bennet described his former boss as a phenomenal Governor, and the mayor, and added, “I see no reason why he cannot be a phenomenal senator, but he has to make his own decision.”
Bennet, who also said, before a steep climb to the upcoming debates, he would not remain in the race, even if he could qualify for the showdowns.
Hickenlooper had a weak second quarter of fundraising, only $1 million during the April-June period. And six weeks, and much of its senior staff left the campaign over differences with the candidate on the future of the efforts.