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Sen. Cory Gardner says he will endorse Trump for re-election

Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado
Sen. Cory Gardner. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) told the Independent Journal Review Wednesday that he will support President Trump’s 2020 re-election bid, saying it’s the “right thing to do for Colorado.”

"Look, I’ve made it very clear that where I agree with the president, we will agree or where I disagree, we will disagree. But I’m going to fight like hell for Colorado. ... I know what Kamala Harris and I know what Bernie Sanders will do to Colorado, and that’s why I’ll be supporting the president."

Why it matters: Gardner, a "Never Trump" Republican who opposed Trump in 2016, is one of the most vulnerable senators up for re-election in 2020 in a state carried by both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Maine Sen. Susan Collins, another vulnerable Republican who cast the decisive vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh last year, told IJR she's not ready to say whether she will endorse Trump.

3 Republican senators want to reopen government without a border deal

Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Cory Gardner, and Susan Collins. Photos: Getty Images

Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) have called for the government to be reopened before more work is done on border security.

Why it matters: It's getting harder for lawmakers to ignore the real consequences of a shutdown. Democrats in the House have passed a spending bill that would fund a majority of the shuttered government agencies besides the Department of Homeland Security, but President Trump has promised a veto. The Senate can override a veto with 67 votes, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he won't bring any vote that doesn't have Trump's approval.

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