Colorado is a true swing state. It has a balanced history of voting for Republicans and Democrats, both for the presidency and for senators. In more recent years, however, demographic shifts and relocations into the state have given Colorado new progressive energy—which is giving Democrats high hopes for the 2020 Senate race.
Republican incumbent: Cory Gardner
Why Gardner is a target: Aside from Gardner’s inexplicable devotion to Donald Trump in a state that Hillary Clinton carried by 5 points, the New York Time captured his reputation best, calling him “R‑Invisible.” Coloradans complain that Gardner won’t hold a town hall, won’t answer questions from constituents, and generally can’t be found. Many are eager to replace him with someone they can see.
Democratic challengers: Although John Hickenlooper is considered the frontrunner, with support from the DSCC, Colorado will hold a caucus on March 11 to select the Democratic candidate who will run against Gardner in November. The slate of Democratic primary candidates is truly an embarrassment of riches.
Full list of primary candidates:
Diana Bray @Diana4Colorado dianaforcolorado.com
Lorena Garcia @lorenaforsenate lorenaforsenate.com
David Goldfischer @dgoldfis goldfischer2020.com
John Hickenlooper @Hickenlooper hickenlooper.com
Andrew Romanoff @Romanoff2020 andrewromanoff.com
Stephany Rose Spaulding @StephanyForCO stephanyforco.com
Erik Underwood @ErikMUnderwood erikunderwood.com
Michelle Ferrigno Warren @mcfwarren michelleforcolorado.com
Trish Zornio @WeWantTrish zornio2020.com