Republican Senator Cory Gardner is staring down a “very steep” climb after popular former governor John Hickenlooper “easily” advanced to the general election last night with a “comfortable win.” Hickenlooper “begins the next phase of the Senate race with an edge over Gardner” after overcoming millions in outside spending, underscoring why “Republicans did not want this outcome” and reinforcing Hickenlooper’s deep support and resilience among voters. Colorado Democrats drove record primary turnout, far outpacing Republicans as Hickenlooper earned even more votes than Gardner did in his uncontested primary.
Senator Gardner will now be forced to “outrun an avalanche” of questions about his early endorsement and continued support for President Trump, and his record of doing “little to separate himself” from the president.
Gardner started Day 1 of the general election with an epic disaster of an interview where he:
And it’s not just Trump: Gardner will also be sharing the Republican ticket with QAnon conspiracy theorist and CO-3 Republican nominee Lauren Boebert, who is expected to “give Gardner one more headache” in his uphill re-election campaign.
“As Senator Gardner runs for re-election, he’ll have to answer for his unwavering endorsement and ‘100%’ support of Donald Trump and his refusal to denounce the Republican QAnon conspiracy theorist running for Congress on the same ticket as him,” said DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss. “No matter how hard he tries to hide, Senator Gardner can’t escape the fact that he’s enabled the most divisive elements of his party or his own toxic record selling out Coloradans’ health care for his special interest allies and wealthy donors in Washington.”
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