Democrat John Hickenlooper announced today that his campaign for U.S. Senate raised $2.1 million in just five weeks since first entering the race in late August, a ridiculous sum of money that cements his place as the Democratic frontrunner in 2020.
As the Colorado Sun reports:
The Hickenlooper campaign told The Colorado Sun that 95% of the contributions from his announcement Aug. 22 through the Sept. 30 deadline were $200 or less and spanned 59 of Colorado’s 64 counties. He ended the quarter with $1.7 million in the bank.
“Each and every person who chipped in recognizes that Colorado needs a new independent voice, a senator who reflects our values and will work to bring people together and get things done on issues that matter to Coloradans — like expanding access and controlling costs for health care, and tackling climate change head on,” Hickenlooper said in a campaign statement.
The Sun reports that Hickenlooper’s total “falls short” of the $2.45 million raised by incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) in Q3, but Gardner had seven more weeks in which to collect checks for his campaign. Hickenlooper’s hot start is a record haul for a non-incumbent Senate candidate in Colorado (see chart below).
Hickenlooper’s campaign has more cash on hand ($1.7 million) than the rest of the field of Democratic Senate candidates in Colorado combined. That total does not include any leftover funds from Hickenlooper’s campaign for President.