(PM) – Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to end his presidential bid on Thursday. According to the NYTimes, he is considering entering the 2020 race for a Colorado Senate seat, which is currently held by Cory Gardner.
Hickenlooper’s campaign has been struggling to gain momentum and he has consistently been on the bottom of national polls. Since his chances to qualify for the September debates seem bleak, this decision comes as no surprise in the crowded Democratic field.
Hickenlooper’s campaign was viewed as a moderate Democratic voice, as he opposed ‘Democratic socialism’, a system promoted by opponents including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
While Democrats are urging him to run in Colorado’s Republican-held senate seat, a potential run doesn’t look very promising at this time. Earlier this month in an interview with CNN, Hickenlooper stated that: “The Senate doesn’t attract me, it just doesn’t attract me”. However, earlier this week he told CNN regarding the senate run that he doesn’t “rule anything out.” Additionally, Hickenlooper’s presidential campaign attracted fewer funds compared to Democratic Senate candidate Mike Johnston’s campaign.