The large field vying for Democratic Party’s presidential nomination got a little bit smaller this week.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on Thursday that he’s bringing his campaign to a close.
In a video posted to social media, Hickenlooper expressed his gratitude for his supporters and staffers and made it clear that although he’s no longer pursuing the highest office in the land, he’s not done yet with politics.
“People want to know what comes next for me,” Hickenlooper said. “I’ve heard from so many Coloradans who want me to run for the United States Senate. They remind me how much is at stake for our country. And our state. I intend to give that some serious thought.”
Take a look at the Democrat’s full message:
The Senate seat Hickenlooper would most likely run for is currently occupied by Republican Sen. Cory Gardner.
Gardner has been deemed particularly vulnerable to a challenge when his seat comes up for re-election in 2020 — meaning Hickenlooper’s chances at winning that race might not be as bad as his chances of winning the White House.
One less centrist
Ironically enough, the exit of Hickenlooper from the Democratic presidential primary race could, in a roundabout way, prove somewhat beneficial to the re-election chances of President Donald Trump.
Hickenlooper was one of the few Democratic candidates who resisted the siren call of socialism from the far-left base of the party, and was — at least relatively speaking — a more centrist and moderate candidate who could have posed some trouble for Trump…had he earned the nomination.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared to note as much in a tweet about Hickenlooper’s exit from the race, writing:
A two-term governor of a swing state and #2020 presidential #Democrat candidate who was booed for warning against his party’s embrace of socialist policies has been forced out of the race…
Not left-wing enough… https://t.co/wUNiHMxVYA
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) August 15, 2019
Whether Hickenlooper will actually run for the Senate or simply retire from the political scene remains unclear. But his quixotic quest for the presidency is certainly over — as are the chances of a fairly rational Democrat winning the nomination to face-off against President Trump in 2020.