Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to announce on Thursday morning that he is dropping from the 2020 presidential race.
Politico reports Hickenlooper, who continues to poll at zero percent despite making two nationally televised political debates, will make the announcement via video.
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The news comes after the two-term former governor failed to gain ground amid a sprawling field of Democrats. In July, POLITICO reported that Hickenlooper’s campaign was in shambles and that his own senior team urged him to bow out then.
At the time, the ex-governor told advisers he wanted to give it another month on the presidential campaign trail.
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While Hickenlooper landed twice on the debate stage, he failed to emerge from polling in the single digits. His decision to bow out came after careful thought over the last month and amid lagging fundraising. He was not expected to qualify for the September debates, which the campaign expected would only further hinder his polling and fundraising, the source said.
John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor, is expected to announce the end of his 2020 presidential campaign in a video Thursday morning. https://t.co/LLg1Rsz69d
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Prior to his presidential bid, it was long-rumored that the former governor would seek a Senate seat, representing Colorado in the place of Republican Senator Cory Gardner.
Gardner, who Democrats are looking to target, is up for re-election in 2020.