Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) won the Colorado Senate Democrat primary, setting up a fight against incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO).
Hickenlooper was declared the winner of the Colorado Senate Democrat primary after moving towards the primary facing scandal and accusations of ethics violations.
“Thank you, Colorado!” Hickenlooper wrote on Tuesday. “I’m beyond honored to be your Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. Let’s get to work to beat Cory Gardner, flip the Senate, and bring change to Washington!”
The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission recently slapped Hickenlooper with the highest ethics penalty for his use of a corporate jet and Maserati limo. Hickenlooper was also held in contempt for failing to appear before the ethics commission regarding his ethics violations.
The New York Times reported on Saturday that Hickenlooper’s ethics scandal has complicated Democrats’ strategy for retaking the Senate majority. Gardner is viewed as one of the more vulnerable Senate Republicans during