Colorado Democrats face off in primary ahead of key Senate election

Colorado is among the top targets for Democrats in the Senate this year, and on Tuesday, former governor John Hickenlooper and former State House Speaker Andrew Romanoff are facing off for a chance to challenge incumbent GOP Senator Cory Gardner in November.

Hickenlooper, who briefly ran for the Democratic presidential nomination, has been endorsed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He also has support from national Democrats like Senator Elizabeth Warren, as well as several of the candidates who were in the race before Hickenlooper entered in September. But Romanoff has been pushing forward in recent weeks, with some additional help from Republican attacks on Hickenlooper.

The former governor has made some avoidable errors in his campaign. Earlier in June, Hickenlooper did not appear at a virtual ethics hearing to testify about taking private flights while governor. He testified the next day, and the commission ultimately determined he had violated the gift ban.

But there is a complaint before the Senate Ethics Committee regarding Gardner’s attendance at a “by-invitation bacchanal” that reportedly served $1,000-per-bottle champagne at a Palm Beach mansion. Gardner is accused of violating the Senate ban on gifts over $50 and a ban on gifts from companies that hire

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