DENVER — Former presidential candidate John Hickenlooper is running for Senate.
Hickenlooper made the announcement official early Thursday morning.
More than 10 Democrats are already running for the Democratic nomination and most have said they have no intention of dropping out.
“This won’t be a coronation,” State Sen. Angela Williams, a current Senate candidate, said.
Candidate Mike Johnston also implied he is staying in the race.
“I am so grateful for the support we have received from people in places across the state, am energized by the campaign that lies ahead, and excited to win back control of the Senate and get to work for the people of Colorado,” Johnston said in a statement.
Andrew Romanoff also said he won’t drop out.
“I’m running for Senate — I intend to stay in this race — because I’m running to get things done,” Romanoff said.
Alice Madden also announced she would not drop out. Lorena Garcia said she is still running and so did Trish Zornio.
This morning I made it clear that I will not end my U.S. Senate bid— @Hickenlooper is not the only viable candidate & I will fight for a future I can believe in. Chip in today to help bring our platform to the #cosen debates!
— Trish Zornio (@trish_zornio) August 22, 2019
Even Dan Baer, who was appointed to a prominent post in the Hickenlooper administration years ago, said he would stay in the race.
“There are new voices ready to lead across our state and in the U.S. Senate, voices who understand that there is no back to normal, there’s only forward to normal,” Baer said. “That’s why I was running yesterday, and that’s why I’ll be running tomorrow.”
Hickenlooper has received several endorsements from prominent state senators to members of Congress and presidential candidates.
Kamala Harris, Ed Perlmutter, and State Sens. Kerry Donovan and Jessie Danielson have expressed support online.
— Ed Perlmutter (@Ed4Colorado) August 18, 2019
With Mitch McConnell blocking pretty much every good idea in the book, taking back a Senate majority has never been more critical. @Hickenlooper can help us win one & will be a fantastic U.S. Senator. So watch his video and chip in a few bucks if you can. https://t.co/sLGmsX0Ujv
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 22, 2019
I’m glad to see @Hickenlooper stepping up to help us take back the Senate. He’s an innovator and problem solver whose career has been about improving Coloradans’ lives, and we sure could use him here in Congress! https://t.co/0Ry6xEQ9FQ
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) August 22, 2019
I’m proud to support @Hickenlooper for #COSen. We need him in the Senate to bring people together, fight for our public lands, and work for Colorado families to bring down the cost of health care. #copolitics
— Kerry Donovan (@KerryDonovanSD5) August 22, 2019
From my work with @Hickenlooper to make our elections more secure, advance equal pay, help returning veterans get a leg up, and crack down on wage theft, I've seen firsthand many of the great things he's done for Colorado. I am proud to endorse him for U.S. Senate. #copolitics https://t.co/05DE6787cG
— Jessie Danielson (@jessiedanielson) August 22, 2019