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John Hickenlooper announces Senate run in Colorado

Former Colorado Governor and Ex-2020 candidate John Hickenlooper
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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on Thursday that he will run for Senate in his home state — one week after becoming the first big name to drop out of the massive 2020 Democratic presidential field.

Why it matters: Many on the left, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have been pushing Hickenlooper to run against incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner — even before the former governor launched his long-shot presidential run. Gardner is considered one of the most vulnerable Republican senators in the country as Democrats look to make inroads in the Senate in 2020, per AP.

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