Former Gov. John Hickenlooper may have set a new fundraising record for a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Colorado with $4.1 million raised in Q1 — besting the $4 million quarter posted by former Sen. Mark Udall in Q3 2014. Hickenlooper also outraised incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) by about 65%.
Hickenlooper’s big Q1 is significantly better than the $2.8 million he raised in Q4 2019, which is all the more impressive considering that in-person fundraisers weren’t really possible in the month of March because of coronavirus.
Gardner’s campaign, meanwhile, reporting raising less than $2.5 million in Q1. It’s worth repeating that Hickenlooper crushed Gardner’s fundraising number despite the coronavirus quarantine and Gardner’s incumbent status (and Gardner’s in-person fundraiser with President Trump). Gardner’s campaign still has nearly $10 million in the bank, but Hickenlooper has essentially gotten halfway to that number in less than 8 months.
As for Democrat Andrew Romanoff, he continues to struggle on the fundraising front. Romanoff raised about $420k in Q1 — about one-tenth of Hickenlooper’s total — leaving his campaign with roughly $805k in the bank (Hickenlooper has about $4.9 million cash on hand). If you’re looking for a silver lining for the former House Speaker, his campaign at least spent less money than it raised this quarter (which was not the case in Q4 2019). As we wrote in this space last October regarding the Democratic field of candidates, there’s Hickenlooper…and then there’s everyone else.