While there are almost two dozen Democrats running for president in 2020, only a small handful actually have a chance of securing the party nomination.
Just about everyone knew former Colorado Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper had no chance of becoming president — and he obviously just realized that himself.
According to the Associated Press, Hickenlooper will drop out of the Democratic presidential primary on Thursday, but he’s not exiting the stage just yet.
John Hickenlooper will drop out of the Democratic presidential primary on Thursday, according to a Democrat close to him.
The former two-term Colorado governor, who ran as a moderate warning of the perils of extreme partisanship, struggled with fundraising and low polling numbers. His planned departure from the 2020 race was confirmed Wednesday night by a Democrat who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly before the announcement and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
Hickenlooper dropping out of the presidential race comes as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has been practically begging the former governor to run for the U.S. Senate in Colorado.
Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, who is up for reelection in 2020, is considered one of the most vulnerable senators in the country because of Colorado’s dramatic shift the left.
Democrats are low-key waging an all-out war in an attempt to win back control of the U.S. Senate from Republicans in 2020.
But here’s the thing: Democrats have almost no shot to win back the Senate, and that is horrific news for Cryin’ Chuck.
Republicans control a 53-47 majority, so Democrats need to net three seats to win control of the U.S. Senate — four if they fail to win back the White House.
Schumer desperately wants to stop this and block Trump from getting anything done, but Senate Democrats are struggling to find states they can flip from red to blue.
Polling shows Democrats only have a chance to flip Colorado and Arizona, and that is it.
Republicans appear to be in prime position to defend and flip a few seats of their own, including the one that slipped away in Alabama when Roy Moore lost to Doug Jones.
Schumer has also failed spectacularly in his attempts to recruit high-profile names to run for the Senate.
Schumer practically begged Beto O’Rourke, Stacey Abrams, and Hickenlooper to run for the U.S. Senate, but none have officially accepted his offer.
O’Rourke rejected another run for U.S. Senate in Texas to run for president.
Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams also turned down Schumer’s request that she run for the Senate in her state.
And Hickenlooper has yet to accept the offer and announce that he’s running for the U.S. Senate in Colorado.
It is more than safe to say that Schumer is not coping well with his recruiting failures and the fact that Democrats have almost no chance to win back the Senate or White House in 2020.
But he’s putting a lot of his time in Hickenlooper, a former governor who never once polled above 0 percent as a presidential candidate.