Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Thursday that he's ending his run for the 2020 presidential nomination and is now giving "serious thought" to running for the U.S. Senate in his home state.
Hickenlooper was struggling to meet the donor and polling thresholds set by the Democratic National Committee to qualify for the September debate in Houston and was unlikely to make the stage.
Democratic party leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have been pushing for him to take a shot at unseating Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, one the GOP's most vulnerable incumbents up for reelection in 2020.
After months of resisting the Senate entreaties, Hickenlooper said that he's now opening up to the possibility.
"People want to know what comes next for me. I've heard from so many in Colorado who want me to run to the United States Senate," Hickenlooper said in a video announcing the end of his presidential run. "They remind me how much is at stake for our country and our state. I intend to give that some serious thought. I've been a geologist, small businessman, mayor, governor, candidate for the president of the United States. At each step. I've always looked forward with hope, and I always will."
Hickenlooper has previously pushed back against the notion that the party needs him with a large field of high-profile Colorado Democrats who have already announced their candidacy.
“There are several other top-flight candidates running for Senate in Colorado, I think any one of which could beat Cory Gardner,” Hickenlooper said during a campaign stop in Iowa last month. “I mean, he is amazingly vulnerable.”