Colorado Senate race between snafu-prone John Hickenlooper and Cory Gardner turns quiet

Colorado Senate race between snafu-prone John Hickenlooper and Cory Gardner turns quiet


Colorado’s Senate race has turned into a low-profile battle between a misstep-prone Democratic challenger and a Republican hoping to hang on to his seat by staying under the radar.

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper mounted a Senate bid after a short-lived long-shot presidential campaign last year, persuaded by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to take on the vulnerable Republican incumbent.

Incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner is seeking his second term representing the state in the Senate. While Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is favored to win the state’s Electoral College votes, Republicans hoped that controversies surrounding Hickenlooper would stave off Democrats in the Senate race.

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The incidents led to an unexpectedly tumultuous Democratic primary for Hickenlooper, who had been picked by Democratic insiders with the expectation that he would sail through the primary process and be a safe bet against Gardner.

In June, a Colorado ethics commission found that Hickenlooper violated state ethics laws when he accepted

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