Neither Cory Gardner nor John Hickenlooper has ever lost a race in Colorado. Their Senate matchup will change that.

Party control of the Senate hangs in the balance as the Coloradans face off

The Denver Post
COSTILLA COUNTY, CO - JULY 05: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner discuss the Spring Fire during a press conference at the Sierra Grande School grounds in Fort Garland July 05, 2018. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
Spring Fire

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner is the most powerful Republican in Colorado, a fast-talking and fast-rising star within his party, a beacon of light for the political right in this increasingly Democratic state.

John Hickenlooper is Colorado’s best-known Democrat, a popular former governor with almost universal name recognition and a quirky persona that has played well in the Centennial State for two decades.

Over the next four months, Gardner and Hickenlooper will go blow-for-blow across the state in the electoral equivalent of a heavyweight title fight. Both raise massive amounts of money and neither has lost an election in Colorado, a streak of political perfection that will end for one of them Nov. 3. Closely watched here and in Washington, its one of the few races that will decide which party runs the Senate.

Hickenlooper begins the race in the lead — a rarity for a challenger facing an incumbent — because of President Donald Trump’s unpopularity in Colorado and the state’s recent Democratic leanings. Polling averages show Hickenlooper began July with a roughly 10 percentage-point head start.

Read the full story in the The Denver Post.

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