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Hickenlooper raises big bucks despite pandemic, but Gardner still boasts most money in U.S. Senate race

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper raised $4.1 million in the first three months of the year, topping all his rivals including U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, but his bank account is still only half the total of Republican incumbent. The former governor brought in nearly 10 times the $422,000 raised by his chief opponent in […]

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Trish Zornio, a U.S. Senate candidate in Colorado who warned about pandemic threats, exits race

Months ago — well before the coronavirus surfaced in China — a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Colorado warned on the campaign trail about the looming biological threats, like a global pandemic. Trish Zornio’s remarks didn’t register with voters at the time. “Those weren’t necessarily the messages that were resonating,” the 34-year-old scientist from […]

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How the coronavirus snuffed the primary for U.S. Senate and cemented Hickenlooper as the front-runner

Not too long ago, this week should have marked a definitive moment in Andrew Romanoff’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. The insurgent progressive expected to stand on a big stage, in front of hundreds of supporters at the Colorado Democratic Party assembly, and claim the top line on the June 30 primary ballot. Instead, the […]

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Romanoff wins decisive victory in Democratic U.S. Senate caucuses marred by reporting irregularities

Andrew Romanoff won a decisive victory in a primary preference poll for U.S. Senate conducted Saturday at the Democratic caucuses, defeating former Gov. John Hickenlooper, the national party’s favorite in the race. Romanoff scored 55% of the vote and Hickenlooper came in second with 30%, according to a preliminary tally from The Colorado Sun. Three […]

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Colorado’s Democratic caucuses reveal party split between Romanoff’s values, Hickenlooper’s electability

Updated: 9:45 p.m. 3/7/2020. The Democratic U.S. Senate primary in Colorado narrowed to a two-candidate contest Saturday, as pockets of party faithful gathered for caucuses and weighed whether to back a known quantity or a progressive firebrand. John Hickenlooper, the moderate former governor and one-time presidential candidate, split support in a preference poll taken at […]

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What you need to know about Saturday’s Colorado caucuses, where Hickenlooper faces test in U.S. Senate race

In Colorado, Super Tuesday was just the start of the election year. The next part arrives Saturday when Democrats and Republicans host caucuses. The 3,133 neighborhood-level meetings — held at schools, firehouses and community centers for each party across the state — are the first step toward naming delegates to the party conventions and selecting […]

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Here are the standout numbers from Colorado’s latest campaign cash reports

Big money continues to flood Colorado’s much-watched U.S. Senate race, as Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner amasses a huge war chest that his Democratic challengers are scrambling to match. Democratic rival John Hickenlooper, the former two-term Colorado governor, bested Gardner’s fundraising in the final three months of 2019, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday. […]

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Cory Gardner doesn’t think new witnesses, documents are needed in impeachment trial; releases questions

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said Wednesday that he doesn’t think more witnesses and documents are needed in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, signaling that later this week he will oppose an effort to continue the proceedings and introduce new information and testimony, including from former national security adviser John Bolton. “We have heard […]

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Lorena Garcia casts herself as the true progressive in U.S. Senate race. But first she needs to make the ballot.

Inside a lesbian bar on East Colfax Avenue in Denver, a stream of Democrats — overwhelmingly young, diverse and hip — gather in front of a table with clipboards.  The white petitions glow in the neon light and beckon the three dozen in the crowd to help Lorena Garcia, a little-known candidate, qualify for Colorado’s […]

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Hickenlooper faces renewed pressure and questions about his administration’s spending in final months

A little-noticed government account that is paying ongoing legal bills related to an ethics complaint against U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper is facing renewed scrutiny even as the Democrat’s allies continue to block requests for an audit of the spending. In its final months, the former governor’s administration used federal funds from a 2003 account […]