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September 12, 2019 03:29 PM UTC

Dan Baer Drops Senate Bid, Backs Hickenlooper

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  • by: Colorado Pols
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper

Democrat Dan Baer announced today that he is suspending (ending) his campaign for U.S. Senate and endorsing former Gov. John Hickenlooper.

“I am suspending my campaign for the U.S. Senate and endorsing John Hickenlooper as the candidate who will beat Cory Gardner next November,” said Baer in a statement. “We must win this seat!”

Baer’s announcement comes one day after former U.S. Attorney John Walsh dropped his own bid for the Democratic nomination in 2020. Walsh also endorsed Hickenlooper.

Baer is dropping out of a federal race in Colorado for the second time in three years as he again finds his eyes to be bigger than his stomach. Baer was a candidate for Congress in CO-7 in 2017 until incumbent Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Jefferson County) changed his mind on retirement and decided to run for re-election (though it took Baer a longer period of time than it should have before he finally ended that campaign). Baer’s U.S. Senate bid was notable mostly for his fundraising ability; he is a Colorado native but has only been back in the state for a few years and and would have struggled to make much of a mark in a Democratic Primary with or without Hickenlooper.

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12 thoughts on “Dan Baer Drops Senate Bid, Backs Hickenlooper

  1. My latest missive from Romo indicates he will cut back if he doesn't reach his fund-raising goals.  There are some diehard hick haters (play March of the Oily Boyz and Ride of the Valkyries) but it looks like the serious money is getting behind Hick vs. Cory.

    And so it goes.

      1. Well, Duke, if the rent is due and the lights need turned back on, it's the size of the bank account, not the purity of the donors, that determines if a campaign can continue.

      1. He’s already sort of been on a school board…former Exec Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education. School Board would be a step down…but I wouldn’t mind seeing an out progressive gay man making decisions about how schools implement say, comprehensive sex education.

          1. No but he’s been appointed to some high level positions. I like a lot of what he has to say
            in print. He’s never campaigned on the eastern plains, unlike most of the other candidates.

  2. Anyone think there is a an effort to position for a potential Senate vacancy if Bennet (sooner) or Hick (later) find a different position is more appealing?

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