Hickenlooper seeks to overcome unforced errors in Colorado Senate race, as Utah and Oklahoma hold key primaries

A Democratic primary that’s heated up at the last minute in Colorado — a crucial Senate race that could determine which party controls the chamber next year — is in the national spotlight on Tuesday as three states hold primaries.

It’s also decision day in Utah as former Gov. Jon Huntsman – who stepped down as the state’s governor nearly a dozen years ago to serve as ambassador to China under President Obama – is making a bid for his old job.

And Oklahoma joins Colorado and Utah in holding primaries on the last day of June.

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But the race grabbing the most attention the Democratic Senate primary in Colorado, where some unforced errors by former Gov. John Hickenlooper in recent weeks have made the contest competitive.

Coaxed by national Democrats, the former two-term Denver mayor and two-term governor jumped into a crowded Senate primary field last summer after ending an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The one-time geologist turned brewpub owner enjoyed large campaign cash and name recognition advantages over primary rivals but suffered slip-ups the past couple of months which have somewhat dampened hopes by Democrats that he will oust embattled Republican

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