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Colorado votes for Democrat to take on GOP Sen. Cory Gardner

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Colorado will vote on Tuesday to pick a Democrat to take on GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, a choice that will define one of the party's best opportunities to defeat an incumbent Republican on its quest to take back the Senate.

Former two-term Gov. John Hickenlooper, who ran a short-lived campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, is the national party's pick to take on Gardner, one of two Republicans facing reelection in a state Hillary Clinton carried in 2016.

Romanoff has piled on to the GOP attacks, running an ad that says, "We can't take this kind of risk if we're going to beat Cory Gardner" and calling for a "fresh, progressive voice in the Senate. " But national progressive icons like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Georgia 2018 Democratic Gov. nominee Stacey Abrams, as well as New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker have all recently endorsed Hickenlooper.

"John Hickenlooper is one of Colorado's most popular public officials after his successful two terms as governor, he's got a record of winning tough statewide races, and it's clear that Republicans are attacking him now because they know he's the strongest candidate to beat Cory Gardner," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Stewart Boss.

Hickenlooper had spent about $6. 7 million by the end of the pre-primary reporting period on June 10 -- more than three times what Romanoff had spent -- and that's independent of the millions of dollars national Democratic groups have spent for him.

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