October 18, 2019, 9:29

John Hickenlooper ends 2020 White House bid

John Hickenlooper ends 2020 White House bid

John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor, announced the end to his 2020 presidential campaign in a video Thursday morning.

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“While this campaign didn’t have the outcome we were hoping for, every moment has been worthwhile and I’m thankful to everyone who supported this campaign and our entire team,” he said in a tweet which linked to the video.

Campaign sources previously confirmed his intentions to ABC News following an earlier report by The Associated Press.

(MORE: Hickenlooper plows onward despite staff shakeup and fundraising issues)

Stubbornly low poll numbers, a lack of donors, a mostly new campaign staff following a rash of departures in July and the likelihood of missing the Democrats’ third debate all contributed to his decision, according to his campaign.

A self-described “pragmatic-progressive,” Hickenlooper struggled to gain momentum while pushing a centrist campaign message focused on restoring the middle class.

AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Democratic presidential candidate former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hickenlooper has not decided yet whether he’ll consider a Senate run against Colorado incumbent Cory Gardner, sources told ABC News. Democratic leadership is looking to flip that seat, which could tilt the balance of power in the Senate.

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In a May interview on “This Week,” Hickenlooper expressed confidence in such a candidacy to George Stephanopoulos.

“I think I’d be a difficult candidate [to beat] as a senator,” he said. “I spent my whole life putting teams together, both as an entrepreneur in the private sector, but also as a mayor and a governor. And by building those teams, we have been able to bring people together and do the big, progressive things that people said couldn’t be done.”

Sourse: abcnews.go.com

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