Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, after languishing in the polls and seeing key staff departures in recent weeks, per news reports.
Hickenlooper, a former Denver mayor who made his name locally as the owner of popular brew pubs, never gained traction in the presidential race. With more than 25 rivals, Hickenlooper couldn’t vault into the top tier, or even a secondary position, against former Vice President Joe Biden, California Sen. Kamala Harris, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, among others.
The article goes on to state the following:
Hickenlooper, who served as Colorado governor from 2011 to 2019, consistently polled in the low single digits, along with weak fundraising numbers. Several staff members recently quit after urging Hickenlooper to ditch the presidential contest and instead run for Senate. While the former governor initially resisted, he has reportedly been mulling such a move. But his presidential race departure announcement is not expected to include a formal entrance into the Colorado Senate race.
In announcing his decision, Hickenlooper said, “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.”
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.https://t.co/1ijSjkbzzd
— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) August 15, 2019
Comic Trevor Noah of The Daily Show tweeted a “memorial” video marking the “death” of Hicklooper’s campaign.
In Memoriam: John Hickenlooper, Presidential Candidate, 2019 – 2019 pic.twitter.com/rXe2iPS80a
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) August 15, 2019
Wednesday evening, Hickenlooper tweeted, “We need a leader who will address the unique opportunities rural communities bring to the table and address distinctive challenges at the local level. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. Rural Americans deserve better.”
We need a leader who will address the unique opportunities rural communities bring to the table and address distinctive challenges at the local level.
A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. Rural Americans deserve better.
— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) August 14, 2019
Hickenlooper is done. https://t.co/BvIP8QfFhn
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 15, 2019
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