VOTER GUIDE 2020 | Gardner, Hickenlooper offer clear contrasts on pressing issues

VOTER GUIDE 2020 | Gardner, Hickenlooper offer clear contrasts on pressing issues

Colorado’s 2020 U.S. Senate candidates former Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, the Republican incumbent, debate in Pueblo on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The debate was sponsored by the Pueblo Chieftain and AARP. 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 have highlighted findings by the state’s independent ethics commission that the Democrat twice violated a state gift ban and a ruling that held Hickenlooper in contempt for snubbing a subpoena to testify before the panel. […]

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