With roughly two dozen declared candidates vying for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, it was inevitable that some candidates would eventually begin to accept reality and call an end to their long-shot campaigns for the presidency.
That prediction became reality yet again on Thursday, when, according to The Hill, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper called it quits and dropped out of the race.
Hickenlooper calls it quits
Hickenlooper announced the indefinite suspension of his campaign in a tweet on Thursday.
This morning, I’m announcing that I’m no longer running for President. While this campaign didn’t have the outcome we were hoping for, every moment has been worthwhile & I’m thankful to everyone who supported this campaign and our entire team.https://t.co/1ijSjkbzzd
— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) August 15, 2019
His post included a brief video that reiterated his message and vision for the country, expressed gratitude to all who had helped and supported him during his candidacy, and made clear that he would strongly consider running for the Republican-held Senate seat in his home state in 2020.
The Hill reported that rumors of Hickenlooper’s impending exit from the presidential race began to circulate among the media earlier in the week and had been confirmed by multiple sources by Wednesday evening.
But while his presidential campaign never really gained traction over the past few months, Hickenlooper is not an unpopular figure in his state. In fact, there had been a growing push for him to abandon his presidential aspirations and focus on taking on Republican Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, who political experts have deemed as being “vulnerable” to a challenge and whose seat has been classified as a “toss-up” in the 2020 election.
Recent polling in the state suggests that the former governor would have no problem obtaining the Democratic nomination to take on Gardner; Hickenlooper enjoyed the support of 61% of primary voters in one poll that had his closest Democratic competitor drawing only 10% support.
A potential boost for Trump
Hickenlooper was always going to be an also-ran candidate in the Democratic Party’s 2020 primary race, as his generally centrist positions were simply not acceptable in the eyes of the increasingly far-left socialist base of the Democratic Party.
Still, the exit of the former governor from the race means there is now one less potential moderate with a history of being rational vying for the White House.
In other words, one of the few potential candidates that might have posed a problem to President Donald Trump is no longer in a position to do so.
Instead, the remaining field of Democratic candidates is now just a little bit more far-left, a little bit more socialist, a little bit more irrational, and a little bit more likely to lose to Trump in the 2020 election — and that is good news for the president and his supporters who are hoping for four more years of making America great again.