Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to suspend his presidential campaign later today, according to multiple insiders.
The businessman-turned-politician had failed to gain traction in early primary states with the increasingly-radicalized Democratic base.
At one point, he even declined to declare himself a capitalist.
USA TODAY further reports:
One of the aides told USA TODAY that Hickenlooper is still weighing a Senate bid against Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, among the most vulnerable Republicans up for re-election in the 2020 election cycle. The aide said Hickenlooper will not announce whether he’ll seek the party’s nomination to run against Gardner during Thursday’s announcement.
Hickenlooper has previously acknowledged that Democratic leadership would like him to run for the Senate, but 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.”
Hickenlooper entered the Democratic primary on March 4 and raised $1 million in the 48 hours that followed. But after a lackluster performance in the June debates in Miami, his campaign showed signs of cracking.
After failing to gain traction earlier in the summer, the Hickenlooper campaign experienced a staff exodus.
From there, things got worse.
Forty-five minutes into a campaign roundtable last month, the moderator forgot his name.