ELECTION 2020 | Gardner, Hickenlooper offer clear contrasts on pressing issues (copy)

ELECTION 2020 | Gardner, Hickenlooper offer clear contrasts on pressing issues (copy)

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., speaks as President Donald Trump looks on during a rally at the Broadmoor World Arena Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, during the president’s visit to Colorado Springs. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette) The associated Press file Supporters of the Affordable Care Act, who are also opponents of Colorado’s GOP-led plan to undo Colorado’s state-run insurance exchange, gather for a rally in January 2017, on the state Capitol steps in Denver. Colorado’s U.S. Senate race pits the state’s two most well-known politicians against each other in a battle that could determine which party controls the chamber after the November election. Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is seeking a second term in a state whose political landscape has moved to the left since he unseated Democrat Mark Udall six years ago in one of the closest races in the country that year. After serving eight years as governor and a brief White House bid, Hickenlooper joined a primary field of more than a dozen Democrats hoping to challenge Gardner last summer. He won the June primary over former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who ran against Hickenlooper from the left. In a race that Romanoff his opponent was too cautious and moderate on issue ranging from health care reform. Early polls showed Hickenlooper with a double-digit lead over Gardner, though more recent polls have found a tighter race, possibly due to millions spent by Gardner and national Republicans airing blistering attack ads blasting Hickenlooper. Among other charges, the Republicans […]

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